Verstappen Secures Victory at Abu Dhabi GP with Stellar Performance

   Nov 27,2023

Max Verstappen concludes the record-breaking 2023 F1 season with an impressive 19 wins out of 22 races. Although the drivers' and constructors' titles were settled earlier, Mercedes and Ferrari entered the Abu Dhabi GP competing for P2. A penalty for Sergio Perez ultimately secured enough points for Mercedes, edging out Ferrari in the season-ending battle for second place.


Max Verstappen claimed victory, finishing a substantial 17.993 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc. Mercedes managed to secure a narrow three-point lead over Ferrari in the constructors' standings. Notably, this race marked the final appearance for Alfa Romeo in the Formula 1 circuit, adding a touch of nostalgia to the concluding moments of the season.

True to form, Max Verstappen translated his pole position into a commanding victory, finishing 17.993 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc. This triumph solidified Verstappen's position as the third-highest winner in Formula 1 history, boasting an impressive 54 victories, trailing only Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91).

Reflecting on the emotional moment, Verstappen expressed gratitude on the in-lap, acknowledging the significance of his final drive in a car that has played a pivotal role in his career. He conveyed pride in winning the last race and extended appreciation to Red Bull for an incredible year. Verstappen recognized the challenge of replicating such success but emphasized the joy derived from the remarkable achievements of the season.


Mercedes win a victory over Ferrari

Perez incurred a five-second time penalty for a wheel-to-wheel incident with Lando Norris. Employing strategic maneuvers, Leclerc strategically allowed Perez to overtake him for P2 in the final laps, with the anticipation that Perez could create a sufficient gap to George Russell. The tactical move aimed to bolster Ferrari's chances of securing P2 in the constructors' championship.

Although Perez crossed the finish line in second place, a shortfall of 1.1 seconds resulted in his demotion to fourth, trailing Leclerc and Russell. This pivotal change in position granted Mercedes the necessary points to surpass Ferrari in the championship standings. Norris secured fifth place, leading his McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri. The top 10 was completed by Fernando Alonso, Yuki Tsunoda, Lewis Hamilton, and Lance Stroll.

As the sun sets on the 2023 season, Formula 1 enthusiasts can look forward to the resumption of action in February next year. The pre-season test is scheduled to take place from February 29 to March 2, 2024, signaling the beginning of preparations for another thrilling racing spectacle.

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