ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Max Verstappen received a record-extending fifteenth race of the yr on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to conclude one of the vital dominant seasons in Formulation One historical past.
A yr on from Verstappen’s tense and controversial win over Lewis Hamilton to seal his first title, there was little drama on the Yas Marina Circuit.
Verstappen stayed forward of his teammate Sergio Perez at first and was by no means severely challenged after that on his approach to victory. “Unbelievable to win once more right here, fifteenth win of the season is unbelievable,” he mentioned. “It’s been actually pleasurable to work with the entire group and to have the ability to obtain one thing like this this yr.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc held off Perez’s problem on previous tires to complete second and clinch second place within the championship standings, thwarting Crimson Bull’s bid to have its drivers place first and second.
Leclerc completed three factors forward of Perez within the standings. That meant Verstappen’s refusal to yield sixth place to his teammate on the final race in Brazil was not decisive on the finish of the season.
“I knew the one risk to beat Checo (Perez) in the present day was with a special technique and enjoying with the tire administration, which we did very well in the present day,” Leclerc mentioned. “I actually hope subsequent yr we will do a step ahead to struggle for the championship.”
Leclerc and Ferrari appeared capable of problem Verstappen for the title at first of the season, however Crimson Bull improved its automotive efficiency benefit by way of the season. Errors on monitor from Leclerc and in Ferrari’s race technique held them again too.
4-time champion Sebastian Vettel positioned tenth for Aston Martin as he retires from F1 after 16 years. A hydraulic drawback ended Lewis Hamilton’s race for Mercedes because the seven-time champion completed an F1 season with no win for the primary time in his profession.