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Verstappen wins Abu Dhabi while Leclerc takes second title in 2022

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen won Sunday at the 2022 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ending the season not only with the championship but also with a record 15 wins.

While Verstappen won the championship, his second career title, in October Japanese Grand PrixThe battle for second place was intense during Sunday’s race, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull Sergio’s Perez both finishing on equal points.

Leclerc eventually took second in the championship after an impressive run to second in Abu Dhabi, about 8.7 seconds behind Verstappen, while Perez took third after finishing in first place. third in Abu Dhabi, about 10 seconds behind his teammate.

The race started with both Red Bull drivers in the front row. Verstappen, on the post, took the lead and was never really unsettled since. Behind them are Leclerc and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. Leclerc focused on Perez while Sainz had to battle Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-Benz AMG, who would swap places for Sainz several times throughout the race.

Charles Leclerc at Formula One Abu Dhabi 2022

Charles Leclerc at Formula One Abu Dhabi 2022

Between Leclerc and Perez, the Red Bull driver was the first to enter the pit, finishing first on lap 15. Perez fell behind Leclerc after the first stop but finished second when Leclerc made the first pit stop on lap 21. Then There, Perez finished second in the pit stop on lap 33 while Leclerc stood out. The one-stop strategy worked in Leclerc’s favor, as Perez never caught up, although Leclerc struggled to see them last.

Further down, Sainz finished fourth while Mercedes’ George Russell finished fifth. Russell was promoted after Hamilton, who had been trying to implement a one-stop strategy, withdrew in the hole three rounds from the end.

After the weekend’s action, Verstappen finished the 2022 Drivers’ Championship with 454 points. Leclerc finished second with 308 points and Perez was third with 305 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull finished with 759 points, compared to Ferrari’s 554 and Mercedes’ 515.

The season closes, F1 also bids farewell to Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion in July announced plans to retire from F1 after the current season, ending a career that began in 2007. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, Haas’ Mick Schumacher and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi will also leave next year, although some may return in later seasons. There will also be new faces on the grid in 2023 in the form of American Sergeant Logan, who was confirmed on Sunday to fill the last remaining seat at Williams, as well as the confirmed AlphaTauri driver. before Nyck de Vries and driver Haas Nico Hülkenberg.

Racing Red Bull at Formula One Abu Dhabi 2022

Racing Red Bull at Formula One Abu Dhabi 2022

Here are the full results of the 2022 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
2) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +8.771 seconds
3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing +10.093 seconds
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +24.892 seconds
5) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG +35,888 seconds
6) Lando Norris, McLaren +56,234 seconds
7) Esteban Ocon, Alpine +57,240 seconds
8) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin +76,931 seconds
9) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +83,268 seconds
10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin +83.898 seconds
11) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri +89,371 seconds
12) Alex Albon, Williams +36,016 seconds
13) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo +1 round
14) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri +1 round
15) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo +1 round
16) Mick Schumacher, Haas +1 round
17) Kevin Magnussen, Haas +1 round
18) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – DNF
19) Nicholas Latifi, Williams – DNF
NC) Fernando Alonso, Alpine – DNF


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