World champion Verstappen wins hands down in Abu Dhabi. In his last race, Sebastian Vettel gets 1 point.
- 1. Max Verstappen (NED, Red Bull)
- 2.Charles Leclerc (MI, Ferrari)
- 3. Sergio Perez (MEX, Red Bull)
With his victory in the 22nd and final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, which was never in jeopardy, Max Verstappen capped off an almost staggering 2022 Formula 1 World Championship with 15 wins and 454 points.
Before the start, the question of who would come second in the World Cup was unclear. With 290 points each, Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc took the race under their tires. The Monegasque was just as many seconds ahead of Pérez with 10 laps to go. However, with the Mexican having fresher tires on his car, an exciting finish was in the offing.
Perez worked his way from fourth to third, but still had Leclerc “in front of him”. However, lapping other drivers cost the Mexican time, Red Bull’s double win was just over 5 seconds away. After a difficult season, Leclerc can at least call himself the runner-up in the world.
Vettel is last in the points
With Sebastian Vettel, a motorsport great tackled a Grand Prix for the last time. Compared to the start, he lost one position in the final and finished 10th. The four-time world champion showed an active race, Vettel being denied a better qualifying due to a relatively late tire change on lap 26.
However, the Alfa Romeo drivers finished outside the points. Zhou Guanyu was 13th, Valtteri Bottas crossed the finish line 2 positions behind. The Finn had a complete failure at the start, which meant he was at the back of the field for a while.
The Hinwil racing team finished the Constructors’ Championship in sixth place with 55 points. Aston Martin, the team of Vettel and Lance Stroll, has the same number of points.
“Racing” will return in March
The first race of the upcoming season will take place on March 5 in the desert state of Bahrain and will end again in Abu Dhabi with the 24th Grand Prix of the season. 24 races are scheduled, which is a new record. A new addition to the calendar is the City Circuit on the Las Vegas “Strip”, the race in Russia has been canceled as this year due to the war.