Max Verstappen ended his campaign with yet another dominant display as he secured his 15th victory of the season with an assured drive at the 2022 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to cap a truly remarkable year.
Having already wrapped up his second world title and helped Oracle Red Bull Racing secure the constructors’ crown, the Dutch driver showed no signs of complacency as he cruised to victory from pole position at Yas Marina Circuit.
Team-mate Sergio Pérez started the race level on points with Charles LeClerc and knew that finishing ahead of the Ferrari driver would secure second in the drivers’ championship. The Mexican pushed hard throughout the race but was unable to catch LeClerc and eventually had to settle for third in the race and in the final championship standings.
It was incredible to win here again, and to get 15 wins in total this season is unbelievable. It was a good race, the one-stop really worked for me, and it was all about tyre management today. As a Team, we did everything we could to get Checo up there ahead of Charles, we had split strategies, but it didn’t work out today. Overall, we’ve achieved a lot this year as a Team, and we can all be proud of that. It’s great motivation heading into next year. We’ve had an incredible season, and I want to thank everyone in the Team out here in Abu Dhabi and back at the factory. This sport requires dedication, and everyone at Oracle Red Bull Racing has that. It’s clear to see. I’m really looking forward to a break now, and I hope everyone has a good Winter and much-needed time with family and friends.
I am pleased because I gave it my all today. In the end, we just didn’t have enough. This is how the sport works, sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. It hurts to lose second place in the Championship by one second. There are things we could have done better but at the end of the day, what matters is that you never give up in this sport, and that is what I have done this season, on and off track, so I can go home happy. What really meant the most this season is that we gave everything, always, and we ended the final race doing just that. The Team has had a tremendous year, so it is nice to finish the season well. We will regroup and look to another strong year in 2023.
Christian Horner – Team Principal & CEO
What a season, and what a way to end it. It’s just unbelievable. Winning 17 races as a Team. Five 1-2 finishes and being so close to 1-2 in the Drivers’ Championship brings what truly has been a remarkable year to an end. It surpasses anything we have ever achieved. The drivers have been exceptional. A record-breaking 15th win this season for Max. A third straight victory in Abu Dhabi. Exemplary. Checo gave it all he had, coming so close to catching and taking Charles by the end of the race, but sadly it wasn’t to be. Third place in the Championship is still fantastic, though and brings to an end his best season ever in F1. Every season in F1 is gruelling, but it truly has been a herculean effort from everyone this season. From the campus in Milton Keynes to everyone at the track, it has been an immense Team effort. I’d also like to thank our partners who, without their support, none of this would be possible.
When we reflect on this season, there have been some epic highs and equally sobering lows, but we look back on 2022 as a season like no other, one in which we lost our founder Dietrich Mateschitz. F1 was his passion, his love. We dedicate everything we have achieved this season and the two World Championships to him. Danke Didi.