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Verstappen ends F1 season with 15th win

World Formula One champion Max Verstappen has won a record-extending 15th race of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

November 21, 2022
By AAP
21 November 2022

Max Verstappen has won a record-extending 15th race of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to conclude one of the most dominant seasons in Formula One history.

A year on from Verstappen’s tense and controversial win over Lewis Hamilton to seal his first title, there was little drama at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday.

Verstappen stayed ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez at the start and was never seriously challenged after that on his way to the win.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc held off Perez’s challenge on old tyres to finish second and clinch second place in the championship standings, thwarting Red Bull’s bid to have its drivers place first and second.

In what he has admitted could be his last race in Formula One, Australian Daniel Ricciardo bowed out from McLaren with a ninth place finish and in the familiar position of ending up three places behind his teammate Lando Norris.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel placed 10th for Aston Martin as he retires from F1 after 16 years.

A hydraulic problem ended Lewis Hamilton’s race for Mercedes as the seven-time champion finished an F1 season without a win for the first time in his career.

Other drivers saying goodbye to F1 as well as Ricciardo – temporarily at least – were Mick Schumacher of Haas (16th), and Nicholas Latifi, of Williams (19th).

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