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Verstappen wins Abu Dhabi GP; Leclerc second in F1 standings | Autocar India

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Verstappen extends his file for essentially the most wins in a single F1 season, with 15 victories this yr.

The 2022 F1 season belonged to Max Verstappen. Not solely did the Pink Bull driver clinch his second title, however he did so in dominant vogue. Moderately fittingly, he capped off the season with a cushty victory in Abu Dhabi.

Charles Leclerc fended off Sergio Perez to complete second on the rostrum, which additionally positioned him second within the general championship order.

  • Verstappen wins 8.772 secs forward of Leclerc
  • Perez loses out on P2 standings by three factors
  • Hamilton completes first F1 season with out a win

Verstappen cruises to Abu Dhabi GP victory

Launching from pole place, Verstappen coated Perez into Flip 1. He remained comparatively unchallenged all through the race as he pitted for arduous tyres on lap 20 and took them to the tip.

The Dutchman scored a complete of 15 wins in 2022 (that’s greater than 70 % of the races this yr), extending his file for essentially the most wins in a single F1 season. “It’s been actually pleasant to work with the entire workforce and to have the ability to obtain one thing like this, this yr,” he mentioned. “I do know it’s going to be arduous to duplicate one thing like this, however it’s also motivation to attempt to do effectively once more subsequent yr.”

Leclerc pips Perez to second general

Whereas the most important championship was already wrapped up, there was nonetheless a battle underway for second place within the championship. All of the drama within the Brazil GP left Leclerc and Perez tied on factors heading into the finale.

Each drivers went for various methods, with Perez opting to pit twice, whereas Leclerc went for a one-stop technique. Because of this, Perez was in a position to shut in on Leclerc in the previous few laps of the race, however he by no means acquired shut sufficient to mount a problem.

With Leclerc ending second in Abu Dhabi, he efficiently pipped Perez to second within the standings by three factors. Carlos Sainz and George Russell completed behind them in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Vettel scores level in last F1 race

Lewis Hamilton was operating in sixth place when he was pressured to retire as a result of a mechanical failure with simply two laps to go. That is the Briton’s first season with out a win in his F1 profession.

This handed Land Norris sixth place, forward of Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll. Daniel Ricciardo was ninth in his final race with McLaren. The Australian driver gained’t be a part of the F1 grid subsequent yr, however he’s strongly linked to a reserve position with Pink Bull Racing.

Hamilton’s retirement additionally resulted in Sebastian Vettel ending his last-ever F1 race within the factors. He admitted that Aston Martin didn’t go for the most effective technique as the choice to go for a one-stop basically left him as a sitting duck within the closing phases.

The singular level he scored helped Aston Martin degree factors with Alfa Romeo, though the latter defeated them to sixth within the standings on the again of their general outcomes.

2022 Abu Dhabi GP outcomes

2022 Abu Dhabi GP outcomes
Pos Driver Workforce
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
3 Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
5 George Russell Mercedes
6 Lando Norris McLaren
7 Esteban Ocon Alpine
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
12 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
13 Alexander Albon Williams
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
15 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
16 Mick Schumacher Haas
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas
18 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams
NC Fernando Alonso Alpine

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