Verstappen-Perez Sweep Japan GP for Red Bull 1–2, Max is Back in control of the GFT AI Driver Rankings

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2 min readMay 7, 2024

7 April 2024
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

SUZUKA, JAPAN — Max Verstappen bounced back from a disappointing DNF (brake failure) in Australia, leading the race from lights out to checkered flag at Suzuka. Red Bull delivered a dominant one-two finish, with Verstappen leading teammate Sergio Perez to the line. However, the race wasn’t without its challenges. Warmer-than-expected weather conditions forced strategic tire management decisions, with various teams opting for different approaches.

Suzuka Japan Circuit breakdown (Image Credit: formula1.com)

Adding to the drama, a first-lap incident involving RB Honda’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alex Albon in the Williams car brought out the safety car, further complicating race strategies. Verstappen, however, navigated these changes with his team, maintaining his lead throughout.

Go Full Throttle F1 AI Driver Rankings following the Japan GP on April 7, 2024 at the Suzuka Circuit (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz managed a podium finish in third place, but the Scuderia couldn’t match the pace of the Red Bulls. This result strengthens Red Bull’s position in both the driver’s and constructor’s championships.

Red Bull Racing dominated the Japan GP from start to finish (Image Credit: formula1.com)

The Japanese Grand Prix showcased Verstappen’s talent and Red Bull’s overall strength. Verstappen’s speed and tire management proved unbeatable. While Ferrari managed a podium finish, they’ll need to find a way to bridge the gap if they hope to challenge Red Bull as the series moves to Round 5 in China April 19–21.

Japan GP Results

Up Next:

The 2024 F1 calendar next stop is the return of the Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit.

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