MAX VERSTAPPEN returned to winning ways at the Japanese Grand Prix and finished at the front of the field, putting him on the verge of the title.
The victory also gave Red Bull two consecutive constructors’ championships.
The F1 star finished fifth at the recent Singapore GP as Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz took his first win of the year.
Verstappen, 25, had a difficult start to the race as he saw off both McLarens in his Red Bull car to take his 13th win of the season.
The opposing team also had a successful race and landed on the remaining podium places.
Briton Lando Norris secured second place, while his teammate Oscar Piastri came third.
It was a less successful race for the British Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
The pair again finished fifth and seventh, although they moved up a few places from their starting positions.
Monegasque Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc came fourth.
Verstappen can now win his third drivers’ title in Qatar on October 8th.
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As Verstappen took the checkered flag, he could be heard on the team radio praising the Red Bull team for building a “rocket ship”.
He said: “You can all be very proud. Everyone here and at the factory, what a rocket we built.”
After the finish, Verstappen was thrilled and claimed the race was “straight.”
He said: “It was an incredible weekend. Winning here was great, the car worked well on every mix.”
“Winning in the constructors is also great, I’m proud of everyone, we’re having an incredible year, we’re very proud of everyone.”
Second-placed Norris suggested that McLaren would close the gap to Red Bull.
After the finish he said over the team radio: “We’re coming for Red Bull!”
There were five drivers who failed to finish the race in Japan, including Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Logan Sargeant and Alex Albon.