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Wet Suzuka start 'not a disaster' for rest of weekend, says Verstappen

The Dutchman is on course to clinching his second Drivers Championship if he finishes ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Max Verstappen says the wet start to the Japanese Grand Prix is 'not a disaster' on the weekend that he could secure his second world championship. The Dutchman was third quickest in FP2 and nearly a second away from quickest man George Russell, but despite the tricky conditions he is still is keen to see how Red Bull will get on tomorrow when it is set to dry up. "It wasn't a big disaster with the weather, like at least we could get around and do a little bit of stuff. But, yeah, in terms of knowing where you are with pace in the wet is always a bit tricky," Verstappen told media. "Just the basic things [we learned], that's why I'm also looking forward to tomorrow to see how we can be in the dry."

Verstappen: Everyone starts from zero tomorrow in the dry

With the weather forecasted to be largely sunny throughout the day with no rain in the air, Verstappen says it will be a complete reset for everyone at a circuit they haven't visited since 2019. "It's just basically starting from from zero tomorrow in the dry," he explained. "But again, it's the same for everyone. I don't think it will make massive differences, you know, throughout the grid."

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