‘What the f*** are you guys doing?’: F1 fans can’t believe how Max Verstappen finds out he has become WORLD CHAMPION in bizarre circumstances after truncated stop-start Japanese Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen became two-time World Champion at the Japanese Grand Prix
- The Red Bull driver was told after the the race of his feat in confusing climax
- Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished second but was handed a five-second penalty
Max Verstappen found out that he had become the two-time Formula One world champion in the most bizarre circumstances after an incident-packed Japanese Grand Prix.
The Dutch driver needed to be told that he had retained his title after Charles Leclerc picked up a five-second penalty for cutting the track, meaning that he finished behind Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez.
Perez’s post-race interview had to be interrupted as the news broke of Leclerc’s penalty, with Verstappen awkwardly being re-summoned to be told of his feat, as the 25-year-old sealed back-to-back titles in hugely contrasting – but equally bizarre – fashions.
Max Verstappen was crowned the 2022 world champion after victory at Japanese GP
He secured his second world title in dramatic fashion after a bizarre ending in Suzuka
The 25-year-old was made to interrupt his team-mate Sergio Perez’s interview to learn his fate
Verstappen had to be handed a microphone as he was unaware of his victory
There was confusion following the end of a truncated Japanese Grand Prix, with points halved as a result of a shortened race, and many were unsure whether the Dutchman had done enough to seal the title.
And F1 fans were quick to take to Twitter to voice their shock at how events at Suzuka were unfolding, with one writing: ‘This is the weirdest title win ever. What the f*** are you guys doing?’
Another added: ‘This has to be the weirdest way to win a world title!’
A third F1 fan claimed: ‘Max Verstappen is apparently World Champion for the second time in equally bizarre and farcical fashion as he was in 2021.’
Having just won the championship, the realisation can be seen on the 25-year-old’s face as he further writes himself into the history books.
And whilst at first in clear disbelief, he erupts in emotion on the official announcement and ends the interview prematurely to go and celebrate with his team.
Verstappen dominated an action-packed Japanese Grand Prix, which was heavily delayed almost immediately after lights out due to torrential rain and several collisions.
The Dutch driver was handed the championship after Charles Leclerc was given a penalty
But the Red Bull star held his composure whilst chaos ensued all around him to seal out a memorable win after the race had been red-flagged at an early stage.
The race was further fuelled by controversy after a recovery vehicle was left on track with drivers racing at high speed in the torrential rain in Suzuka, sparking comparisons with the tragic incident that left Jules Bianchi comatose in 2014.
Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri could be seen coming close to a tractor, which should not have been allowed on track during the race, which sparked outrage from fans and drivers alike.
AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly came perilously close to a serious incident with a tractor
Live speed data showed Gasly doing 200 km/h as he approached the tractor in a moment that he hit out at race stewards as ‘unacceptable’ and claimed he ‘could have killed himself’