Max Verstappen

F1 introduces changes to the Sprint Race. Image: Max Verstappen/Twitter

‘Everything just went really well’ Max Verstappen after Suzuka win

Max Verstappen now leads the Formula One drivers’ standings on 77 points, followed by his teammate Checo Perez on 64

Max Verstappen

F1 introduces changes to the Sprint Race. Image: Max Verstappen/Twitter

Max Verstappen was satisfied following his dominant win in Suzuka, Japan on Sunday,

The Dutchman bounced back in style from their retirement in Australia two weeks ago. He finished ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz.

“It was very nice,” Max Verstappen reflected after the race in Suzuka.

I think the critical bit was of course the start, to stay ahead, and after that the car got better and better for me throughout the race.

“I don’t know if it had to do with the clouds coming in, but yeah, [it was] very nice. Everything just went really well, the pit stops went well, the strategy I think worked out well, so it couldn’t have been any better.”

Verstappen set his fourth pole on Saturday and it was almost inevitable that the Dutchman would dominate the Japanese Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen returns and dominates in Suzuka

He said Australia’s DNF was a hiccup but was happy to be back to winning races.

“It was a little hiccup of course, the last race, but [I’m] very happy that we are here back on the top. Great fans, in front of [Red Bull engine provider] Honda as well, [so] it’s fantastic to win here.”

Max Verstappen now leads the drivers’ standings on 77 points, followed by Checo Perez on 64 and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc on 59.

F1 will now visit China’s Shanghai International Circuit for the first time since 2019 – with the Sprint format also in play.

“It’s going to be quite hectic anyway with the Sprint weekend,” said the Dutchman.

“Of course we haven’t been there for a while, [there’s] only one practice session to really get into it again, so I think it will be quite interesting.”

Max Verstappen is looking to claim his fourth F1 title in a row.