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2022 F1 results, Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen wins, Leclerc comes in second

Verstappen extends the record for most wins in a single F1 season, with 15 wins this year.

The F1 2022 season has belonged to Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver not only won his second title, but did so in dominating style. Quite fittingly, he ended the season with a comfortable win in Abu Dhabi.

Charles Leclerc defeated Sergio Pérez to finish second on the podium and take second place in the overall championship order.

  • Verstappen wins, 8.772 seconds from Leclerc
  • Perez lost to P2 on the leaderboard by three points
  • Hamilton completes first F1 season without a win

Verstappen journey to victory Abu Dhabi GP

Starting from the post, Verstappen sent Perez into Round 1. He remained relatively unresponsive throughout the race as he was pitted against hard tires in lap 20 and sent them to the finish line.

The Dutch driver has scored a total of 15 wins in 2022 (that’s over 70% of races this year), extending his record for the most wins in a single F1 season. “It is exciting to work with the whole team and to be able to achieve something like this this year. I know it’s going to be hard to repeat something like this, but it’s also motivating to try and do well again next year,” he said.

Leclerc overtook Perez for second overall

While the major championships are over, there is still a championship battle going on. All plays in Brazilian GP made Leclerc and Perez equal points when entering the final night.

Both drivers implemented different strategies, with Perez opting to pit twice, while Leclerc implemented a one-time strategy. As a result, Perez was able to close Leclerc in the final few laps of the race, but he never got close enough to take on a challenge.

With Leclerc finishing second in Abu Dhabi, he successfully moved Perez to second in the standings with three points. Carlos Sainz and George Russell are behind them in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Vettel scores in F1 race final

Lewis Hamilton was running in sixth when he was forced to retire due to a mechanical problem with just two laps left. This is the first winless season in the F1 career of the British driver.

This gave Land Norris sixth place, ahead of Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll. Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth in his final race with McLaren. The Australian driver will not be on the F1 circuit next year, but he is closely linked in a reserve role with Red Bull Racing.

Hamilton’s retirement also resulted in Sebastian Vettel finishing his last F1 race with a scoreline. He admitted that Aston Martin didn’t follow the best strategy because the one-stop decision essentially left him like a duck sitting in the closing stages.

The only point he scored put Aston Martin on a point with Alfa Romeo. But Alfa Romeo still beat them in sixth place in the rankings thanks to the final result.

Abu Dhabi GP results 2022

Abu Dhabi GP results 2022
posture Driver Team
first Max Verstappen red bull racing
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
3 Sergio Perez red bull racing
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
5 George Russel Mercedes
6 Lando Norris McLaren
7 Esteban Ocon high mountain
8 Lance goes for a walk Aston Martin
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
ten Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
twelfth Chu Quan Vu 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 high mountain

Also see:

Verstappen wins second F1 title with Suzuka victory


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