Verstappen wins in Abu Dhabi whereas Leclerc takes second in 2022 title
Crimson Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen cruised to victory on Sunday on the 2022 Formulation 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, closing out the season not solely with the championship but in addition a file 15 wins.
Whereas Verstappen already claimed the championship, the second of his profession, throughout October’s Japanese Grand Prix, the battle for second was very a lot alive going into Sunday’s race, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Crimson Bull Sergio’s Perez each getting in with equal factors.
Leclerc finally claimed second within the championship after a powerful run to second in Abu Dhabi, roughly 8.7 seconds behind Verstappen, whereas Perez claimed third following his third-place end in Abu Dhabi, roughly 10 seconds behind his teammate.
The race began with each Crimson Bull drivers on the entrance row. Verstappen, on pole, pulled into the lead and was by no means actually unsettled from there. Behind them have been Leclerc and fellow Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. Leclerc centered on Perez whereas Sainz was left to battle with Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Lewis Hamilton, who would swap locations with Sainz a number of instances all through the race.
Charles Leclerc on the 2022 Formulation 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Between Leclerc and Perez, the Crimson Bull driver was the primary to pit, coming in on lap 15. Perez fell behind Leclerc after the primary cease however was again in second when Leclerc made his first pit cease on lap 21. Perez then made a second pit cease on lap 33 whereas Leclerc stayed out. The one-stop technique labored in Leclerc’s favor, as Perez by no means managed to catch up, although Leclerc needed to work laborious to handle his tires to see them final to the tip.
Additional down, Sainz completed fourth whereas Mercedes’ George Russell completed fifth. Russell was promoted after Hamilton, who tried a one-stop technique, retired within the pits three laps from the tip.
Following the weekend’s motion, Verstappen closed out the 2022 Drivers’ Championship with 454 factors. Leclerc completed second with 308 factors and Perez third with 305 factors. Within the Constructors’ Championship, Crimson Bull completed with759 factors, versus the 554 of Ferrari and 515 of Mercedes.
With the season’s shut, F1 additionally bids farewell to Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel. The 4-time world champion in July introduced plans to retire from F1 after the present season, ending a profession that dates again to 2007. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, Haas’s Mick Schumacher, and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi are additionally out subsequent 12 months, although some might return in future seasons. There will even be new faces on the grid in 2023 within the type of American Logan Sargeant, who was confirmed on Sunday to fill the final remaining seat at Williams, in addition to beforehand confirmed AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries and Haas driver Nico Hülkenberg.
Crimson Bull Racing on the 2022 Formulation 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Under are the complete outcomes from the 2022 Formulation 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:
1) Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing
2) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +8.771 seconds
3) Sergio Perez, Crimson 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 lap
14) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri +1 lap
15) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo +1 lap
16) Mick Schumacher, Haas +1 lap
17) Kevin Magnussen, Haas +1 lap
18) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – DNF
19) Nicholas Latifi, Williams – DNF
NC) Fernando Alonso, Alpine – DNF