LIVE: Japanese Grand Prix, rain and red flag delay race – Motoring – Formula 1

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads the Japanese Grand Prix after the start of the race, with Leclerc in second, Sergio Perez in third and Carlos Sainz spinning and crashing before crashing out of the race.

Charles Leclerc made a great start to the race and briefly moved into first place, but Verstappen fought off the Ferrari driver at the first corner to regain the top spot.


Some serious problems at the start of the race, Carlos Sainz spun himself and ended the race after a hit, which led to a safety car at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, and a red flag shortly after. Sebastian Vettel also collided with Fernando Alonso. The Aston Martin driver spun and went off the track but remains in the fight. However, Alex Alban also leaves after car problems.

The red flag came on the third lap and caused the race to be seriously delayed. The drivers began to prepare for the restart of the race, but it is expected to resume behind a safety car. It looks like this race will also finish after the time limit, rather than complete all the laps, due to the large delay. Track conditions are not improving, and Suzuka is getting wetter.

The resumption of the race was again delayed due to deteriorating weather. An hour has already passed since the start of the Grand Prix of Japan, and as a rule there are two more left of the time limit. It was this limit that began to run out, and just an hour and a half before the end of the race, the drivers were still in their pits, and the race was stopped.

About an hour before the race, a light rain fell over Suzuka and it looks as if the drivers will start on a slightly wet track, which could mess up many plans. We remind you that in the wet second practice, Mercedes dominated. At a certain point in the race, the rain is expected to intensify.

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