F1 2023
Round 17

Verstappen wins and Oracle Red Bull Racing wins back-to-back Constructors' Championships

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Round 17 of the season, Japanese Grand Prix took place at Suzuka Circuit. Max Verstappen of Oracle Red Bull Racing, supported by Honda as a Team Partner, won the race.

Verstappen wins and Oracle Red Bull Racing wins back-to-back Constructors' Championships

Scuderia AlphaTauri driver, Liam Lawson finished 11th, Yuki Tsunoda finished 12th. Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez retired.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen 1
Oracle Red Bull Racing
What an incredible weekend! It's been a massive Team effort, there are a lot of people involved in getting us to where we are today. You only really see very few people here at track, there are lots of people working tirelessly at the factory to make sure we are always performing at our highest. What we are showing this year is pure dominance, we can all be extremely proud. It was an amazing feeling to see the Team celebrating in the garage on the track TVs during my in-lap. We're definitely enjoying it but we won't take anything for granted.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez 11
Oracle Red Bull Racing
It would have been nice to clinch the Championship in a different way but it has been an incredible year and I am so happy for the Team today. My race ended up not being straightforward at all; we had a poor start and everything went downhill from there unfortunately. The collisions caused too much damage so we brought the car in to assess. After fixing the car we then had a penalty to serve, which we did, and then brought the car in. Despite this, it has been a really great day for the whole team and to finally get that title is really special. I am proud of each and every single one of the team; they have done a really tremendous job.

Liam Lawson
Liam Lawson 40
Scuderia AlphaTauri
We didn’t have the performance in the long run today and didn’t quite have the speed of the Alpines ahead. The team and I worked hard this weekend to maximise the sessions, and we made steps in each one. The fight with Yuki was aggressive, but I think it was a fair race. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and I think neither of us had the pace to make the top 10. I’m still trying to score points for the team and prove myself every time I get in the car, and I think I did that today.

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda 22
Scuderia AlphaTauri
It’s frustrating because there was pace today, but I didn’t have the opportunity to maximise it. On this track, it’s hard to follow because the tyres overheat very easily and I feel like we pitted for the hard compound too late, so I was behind everyone and had to catch up to the pack. I think there was no chance to catch P10 today. It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to perform well and get a good result in front of the Japanese fans, but I got a lot of energy from them so thank you to all the fans. In the end, it is what it is.

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