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Verstappen wins pole place for Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) — Max Verstappen took the pole place for the Japanese Grand Prix right here on Saturday and stayed on proper monitor to retain his world title.

The Red Bull driver clocked one minute 29.332 seconds, beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 0.253 seconds.

Carlos Sainz, additionally of Ferrari, was third and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez completed fourth.

Zhou Guanyu, the primary Chinese F1 driver in historical past, missed the third qualifying session, ending 14th together with his Alfa Romeo automotive outfitted with a brand new entrance wing. His teammate Valtteri Bottas was twelfth.

It was Verstappen’s fourth pole of the season and 18th in his profession. He will clinch the second straight season title if he wins the race with the quickest lap.

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