Max Verstappen signed off his dominant 2022 season marketing campaign together with his record-breaking fifteenth win from the 22 grands prix.
Having equalled Vettel’s all-time document for many wins in a season together with his thirteenth victory in america Grand Prix final month, Verstappen elevated that with two extra victories over the remaining races.
Had he swept all three, Verstappen would have overwhelmed Vettel’s achievement of successful 68.4% of the grands prix held. He did take essentially the most dominant title win since Vettel’s 2013 triumph, nevertheless.
Each are wanting the document set by Alberto Ascari, nevertheless, who received six of the eight points-scoring races in 1952, giving him a win fee of 75%. To hit that subsequent yr a driver must win 18 of the 24 races.
Verstappen took pole place and received the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the third yr in a row. No driver has beforehand managed both feat, regardless of Mercedes taking six poles and wins in a row at this observe between 2014 and 2019.
This was thirty fifth win of Verstappen’s profession and his twentieth pole place. The latter places him stage with Damon Hill and Valtteri Bottas.
Earlier than the ultimate race started Verstappen had already damaged the document for many factors scored in a single season. His last triumph ensured he smashed the earlier document of 413, set by Lewis Hamilton in 2019, rising it to 454:
*Didn’t win championship
Nonetheless Hamilton set the document over a season of 21 grands prix in comparison with this yr’s 22. In breaking this document Verstappen additionally had the benefit of three dash races, from which he scored 21 factors out of a possible 24.
Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, securing his best-ever end of second within the factors standings. That additionally denied Purple Bull a one-two within the drivers championship, one thing they’ve by no means beforehand achieved.
Mercedes drivers completed first and second within the championship from 2014-16 and 2019-20. The one non-Mercedes driver to look within the prime two throughout that interval, Sebastian Vettel, retired from F1 after his 299th grand prix begin on Sunday.
For the primary time in his profession, Vettel went a full season with out standing on the rostrum. The ultimate podium look of his profession, on the Hungaroring final yr, was taken away from him after his automotive was disqualified for a technical infringement. His final true podium end was due to this fact his second place in final yr’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
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Second for Leclerc was the ninth look on the rostrum for a Ferrari driver at this race. Nonetheless the workforce is but to attain a victory at Yas Marina, which joined the F1 calendar in 2009.
The highest 5 drivers within the championship all achieved or equalled their greatest ending positions. Behind champion Verstappen and Leclerc got here third-placed Sergio Perez, who went one higher than his earlier better of fourth, achieved with Racing Level in 2020 and once more with Purple Bull final yr.
Carlos Sainz Jnr repeated his private better of fifth place from final yr. In his first season with Mercedes, George Russell leapt from a earlier better of fifteenth within the factors final yr to fourth.
That meant he ended the seasonahead of Hamilton within the championship, 275 factors to 240. He’s the third of Hamilton’s workforce mates to out-score him over a season. Nico Rosberg did so when he received the 2016 title, 385-380, and Jenson Button did by 270-227 in 2011 – a season Hamilton called even worse than this one.
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It wasn’t a yr to recollect for Hamilton. For the primary time in his Formulation 1 profession he neither received a race nor began from pole place. He did choose up two quickest laps, at Silverstone and the Hungaroring, lifting his profession complete to 61, 16 fewer than record-holder Michael Schumacher.
The quickest lap in Sunday’s race was taken by McLaren’s Lando Norris. It was the fifth of his profession, giving him as many as Russell, in addition to Giuseppe Farina, Carlos Tempo, Jody Scheckter, Didier Pironi, John Watson and Michele Alboreto.
Abu Dhabi held the season finale for the eleventh time, equalling the document held by Australia, which was the venue of the final race yearly from 1985 to 1995. The Yas Marina circuit can be because of maintain the final race on the 2023 F1 calendar.
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