Max Verstappen emerged victorious in a thrilling Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, marking his 19th win of the season. Meanwhile, George Russell's impressive third-place finish secured second place in the constructors' championship for Mercedes, earning the team a staggering $10 million.
Verstappen's Unbelievable Record
The Dutchman showcased his skill and strategy by allowing Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to overtake him on the final lap. Verstappen hoped that Perez could make up for his incoming five-second penalty for clashing with Lando Norris. However, Perez was unable to create the necessary gap, resulting in him finishing fourth and Russell retaining third.
George Russell expressed his joy at securing second place for Mercedes in the constructors' championship. He praised the hard work of the team and acknowledged that it had been a challenging season. Russell also commended Charles Leclerc for his clean racing, which helped him maintain his position. He expressed his gratitude to the team and looked forward to celebrating their success.
Verstappen's Emotional Farewell
Max Verstappen reflected on an incredible season and the emotional final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP. He thanked everyone at Red Bull for their support and acknowledged the impact the car had on his success. Verstappen acknowledged that it would be difficult to replicate this season's achievements but expressed his readiness for the competitive battles that lie ahead. He emphasized the team's determination to prepare a competitive car for the upcoming season.
Lewis Hamilton faced various challenges during the race, starting from the 11th position. He engaged in a battle with Sergio Perez for eighth place and later passed Carlos Sainz to secure points for Mercedes. Hamilton's damaged front wing and a clash with Fernando Alonso added to the excitement of his race. He finished the season in ninth place.
This thrilling race marked the end of an exceptional season in Formula 1. Fans can look forward to more exciting battles and fierce competition in the upcoming season.