Red Bull clinched their sixth constructors' championship thanks to a masterful drive by Max Verstappen at the Japanese Grand Prix.
After a hugely disappointing Singapore GP, the reigning champions were back to usual form with Verstappen just keeping the McLarens at bay into turn one before gradually disappearing into the distance.
Mercedes needed to outscore Red Bull by one point to keep the constructors' fight alive while Ferrari needed 24 points on the Milton Keynes team.
But as soon as Verstappen took victory, that task became impossible to complete as the Dutchman also closed in on his third successive drivers' title.
As soon as Sergio Perez retired following a horror opening 10 or so laps, there was only ever going to be McLaren who could threaten Verstappen's win at Suzuka.
Lando Norris, who was inches from the lead on the opening lap, proved to be the class of the field behind Verstappen as he claimed a fourth second-place of the season.
Oscar Piastri had got ahead of his team-mate thanks to a virtual safety car during his pit-stop but the Australian just couldn't keep up and had to let the Brit through, but he still claimed his first podium in F1 on his first visit to Suzuka and Japan.
Piastri has already been on an F1 podium in the Belgian GP sprint but this will feel all the more sweeter having done it in a proper Grand Prix.
He would have been annoyed to lose out to his team-mate at the start having qualified ahead by the smallest of fractions yesterday and when he was easily passed by Norris following the first pit-stop cycle.
But when he wakes up on Monday morning with his trophy on his nightstand, there will be a big smile on his face having scored the first of surely many podiums.
With every upgrade, McLaren has got slightly closer to Red Bull and with two drivers in red-hot form, the champions will be very aware and maybe worried about the lurking papaya duo.
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