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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, 2nd position, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, celebrate with Champagne on the podium
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Formula 1 Japanese GP
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The three factors behind Verstappen overturning Perez's real Suzuka advantage

In a return to a dominant Red Bull 1-2, Max Verstappen faced a genuine threat from Sergio Perez across the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. But a trio of pivotal influences enabled the triple world champion to charge to victory ahead of his team-mate in the Suzuka spring sunshine

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The story of the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix was one of changing seasons. Just six months ago, Formula 1 arrived at Suzuka under hot, blazing skies of the mid-autumn climate in the north-western Pacific region. Last weekend, it was back for the first Japanese GP to take place in the spring. That meant cooler conditions and a potentially very different race.

Once again last weekend, Max Verstappen emerged victorious. But there was nevertheless change in the air filtering through with charming pieces of cherry blossom F1 machines haven’t passed before here.

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