Max Verstappen's coronation day at Suzuka in pictures

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The 2022 Japanese Grand Prix left us with many talking points, but at the end of the day all the attention was on one man: race winner and freshly crowned F1 World Champion Max Verstappen.

The 25-year-old Dutchman joined six other drivers in the sport's annals who have two world titles to their name – Alberto Ascari, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso – and he did it with four races to spare.

But beyond the stats, it's perhaps Max's veritable stampede in the championship over the summer, which he resumed in Japan this weekend, and his unwavering momentum and will to achieve, race in and race out, that have elevated the Red Bull driver to 'legend' status in F1 well ahead of time.

Here's our recap in pictures of Max Verstappen's red-letter day at Suzuka.