RACE DEBRIEF

    The Japanese Grand Prix returned to the calendar for the first time since 2019, and it was hard to tell who was more thrilled it was back – the drivers or the fans. But the action didn’t just hot up on track but in the pit lane as well, with plenty of emotions on display as the airwaves buzzed with chatter all weekend long.

    Nicholas Latifi got slightly lost on Friday in practice, but more than made up for that with his first points of the season on Sunday. Mick Schumacher clattered into the barriers, leading to a big repair job for his Haas team. That incident was long forgotten by race day though, when he very briefly found himself in the lead.

    Lando Norris was fortunate to steer clear of a tyre-warming Max Verstappen in qualifying – while come race day, George Russell was left frustrated by his team’s strategy calls... but was at least happy with his own driving!

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    And then at the front, it was all smiles for Max Verstappen as he crossed the line to grab win number 12 of the season, and with it, the world title. For all of those and more, hit play on the video above to listen to the best team radio from Japan.