Max Verstappen on Red Bull won the Abu Dhabi GPon the Yas Marina circuit, which closed the Formula 1 world championship season.
The Dutchman, who for weeks has already been reconfirmed as the driver’s world champion, preceded the Ferrari of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc to the finish line. Lewis Hamilton retired in closing laps: Mercedes dry in 2022.
Max Verstappen’s hunger for victories does not stop even at the last round, in the United Arab Emirates, on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Dutchman from Red Bull dominates the GP from the first to the last lap and seals the second consecutive world title as best he could, in a season who knows how repeatable. This is the 15th victory of the season for the Dutchman, which arrived with a time of 1’29″797. Small-great masterpiece by Charles Leclerc who gets second place ahead of Perez’s other Red Bull and finishes in second place in the Drivers’ World Championship. Ferrari is also second in the Constructors’ World Championship standings. All in all, a positive day for the team was completed by the fourth place of the Spaniard Carlos Sainz jr., who finished behind Perez. His season ended badly, however , Mercedes and in particular the highly decorated British Lewis Hamilton, forced to retire at the end of a very monotonous race: for the ‘silver arrow’ the Formula 1 season ends with zero wins. Impossible to do worse. A moved Sebastian Vettel leaves the Formula, obtaining a 10th place which, given how things had turned out on the Yas Marina circuit, represents a good result.The German takes his leave with 53 victories, 122 podiums, 57 pole positions, 38 g fast ires and 4 world titles in the 300 Grand Prix races held in Formula 1. His career was enviable. “Today I gave 110 percent from the first lap: it was a perfect race. The only way to get ahead of Perez was to diversify the strategy: we did it. The race pace was very good and I’m satisfied with that I hope that next year we can go up another step and be able to win the World Championship. We have improved compared to 2021, but there is still a lot to do, both in terms of race performance and strategies. We will work to aim for the best possible in 2023”, Leclerc’s words after the race, which confirm the ambitions of the Maranello company. There is very little to say about today’s GP: the race only moved towards the end, with Perez trying to chase after Leclerc, but without success. The head-to-head, which lasted throughout the season, ended on a tightrope in favor of the ‘red’. The Mexican’s comeback was ‘watered down’ by the doublings which favored the Monegasque, allowing him to get on the second step of the podium.
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