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Racing Report From 2022

No Red Bull Dominance in the Championship Finale

Even though the championship outcome was already decided, the season's final race in Abu Dhabi delivered a thrilling spectacle for fans. With a track temperature hovering around 34 degrees, it became one of the most exciting Grand Prix events in recent years.

Max Verstappen, representing Red Bull, took a commanding lead from the start and secured victory in the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi. Charles Leclerc, driving for Ferrari, managed to outpace Sergio Perez of Red Bull to secure second place in both the race and the overall championship standings. This meant that Red Bull fell short of achieving a coveted 1-2 finish for the season, a feat they had been aiming for.

Leclerc, who had been a formidable contender in the championship earlier in the year until Ferrari's season was plagued by a series of errors and reliability issues, employed different tactics to hold off Perez and secure his second-place finish.

The race also marked the final outing for four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who had mixed feelings about his farewell race with Aston Martin. Vettel expressed disappointment in what he believed was a flawed strategy by his team. However, he managed to salvage a point by finishing in 10th place. With this race, Formula One bid farewell to one of its greats. Vettel is ranked as the third-best F1 driver in terms of wins, amassing a total of 53 victories. He stands behind Michael Schumacher (with 91 wins) and Lewis Hamilton (with 103 wins) in the all-time winners' list, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

For more about Max Verstappen and what happened at the Abu Dhabi GP in 2022, then read our race report about what happened.

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