Race 3 of the World Championship currently held at Suzuka went to Japanese driver Sasaki, who proved once again to be one of the fastest drivers in this Asian racing weekend. Camponeschi finished 2nd to reinforce his leadership in the championship standings, with Verstappen completing the podium.
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The starting grid saw Tiene and Verstappen on front row with the fastest lap in Sunday’s qualifying. Sasaki and Camponeschi started from row 2. On lap 2, the Stewards showed the Slow sign as a result of a quick shower, while Verstappen was in the lead. As expected, after the re-start the pace was quite slower, and on lap 4 Camponeschi made the move on Tiene for 2nd, followed by Sasaki in the next lap.
Verstappen seemed able to keep a good hold on the lead, but Sasaki was lapping below the 48” mark and after sneaking past Camponeschi, he also made the move for the lead at halfway mark making it stick. Shortly after, Verstappen also lost second to Camponeschi, while Sasaki built up a big margin and went on to grab a clear win. Camponeschi ended in 2nd place, strengthening his championship lead, with Sasaki a mere 5 points behind proving to be the fiercest rival of the Italian. Verstappen completed the podium, with Tiene 4th and Forè a distant 5th. Tough race for Basz, who was out after only 3 laps.
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