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2022 Abu Dhabi Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The new rules worked for on track action. It appeared there would be a two team battle royale, but that fizzled out. Nonetheless, next year is looking promising for just that and perhaps even a three team slugfest.

EVENT: Still not right to have Abu Dhabi as the season finale, even without any drama this year. Interlagos should be last.

TRACK: The new track configuration this time coupled with the new car specs enhanced the improvement over last year's improvement.

QUALIFYING: Things return to "normal" with Red Bull on the front row, Ferrari on the second row, Mercedes on the third row as each time the number one driver led their respective team. Vettel goes out in qualifying style and Magnussen goes from pole to Q1 elimination in one week.

RACE: It was an old fashioned pole to runaway victory, but there was more track action than expected along with some nice strategy pressure calls.

START: Perez gets a good start but plays it conservatively against his teammate, Hamilton gets by Sainz then gets forced off then does some bouncing, and Russell can't hold off Norris.

VERSTAPPEN: The record is now finalized -- 15 wins in one season. A dominating season for Max.

LECLERC: Through all the Ferrari cockups, it's easy to overlook the fact Charles finished second in the championship, his best ever and better than everyone else ... but one of course.

FERRARI: This time, their strategy worked ... barely ... to give Leclerc and the team second in the championship. However, it was way too little, way too late.

PEREZ: The crowd was certainly rooting for him.

RUSSELL: Nineteen out of the 22 races, George finished in the top five. A master of consistency.

HAMILTON: And thus ends the streak of at least one victory in every year he's competed in.

NORRIS: Give Lando a better car, because we will love to see him fight for wins with the other young stars.

RED BULL: Now they are releasing PR statements which are provably false. And they actually expect us to believe that excrement?

MERCEDES: Like fellow Austrian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, believe Toto when he says the Silver Arrows will be back next year.

VETTEL: He went from snot nosed villian to elderly statesman. Danke Seb.

RICCIARDO: What happened to Daniel's talent will be a great F1 mystery. His smile will still be in the paddock but his shoey will no longer be on the podium ... for now.

SCHUMACHER: If his surname was anything else, would their be any question whether Mick should still be in F1? Of course not.

LATIFI: Will Nicholas be the last of the true ride buyers (as long as a parent doesn't buy an entire team) with the way F1 financials and budget caps are now set up?

HULKENBERG: The super sub becomes the super returnee. It will be very interesting to see what Nico does next year.

F2: With the championship already decided, the only drama was whether American Logan Sargeant will get the necessary super license points. He played it conservatively and did. He'll now be the first American since Alexander Rossi and the first full time American since Scott Speed to compete in F1.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Farewell.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 299 -- The number of F1 starts Sebastian Vettel ends his career with.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel, "It has been an absolute joy throughout my career."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: After qualifying, while Max Verstappen was being interviewed, the crowd chanted, "PE-REZ! PE-REZ! PE-REZ! PE-REZ!"

SCHEDULE: Another longest season ever is coming up in 2023, and once again China will most likely be cancelled.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 58
2. Leclerc 58
3. Perez 58
4. Sainz 58
5. Russell 58
6. Norris 58
7. Ocon 58
8. Stroll 58
9. Ricciardo 58
10. Vettel 58
11. Tsunoda 58
12. Zhou(R) 57
13. Albon 57
14. Gasly 57
15. Bottas 57
16. Schumacher 57
17. Magnussen 57
18. Hamilton 55
19. Latifi 55
NC Alonso 27

Time of Race
1:27:45.914

Margin of Victory
8.771 secs.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc

Fastest Race Lap
Lando Norris

Pole Position
Max Verstappen

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 454
2. Leclerc 308
3. Perez 305
4. Russell 275
5. Sainz 246
6. Hamilton 240
7. Norris 122
8. Ocon 92
9. Alonso 81
10. Bottas 49
11. Ricciardo 37
12. Vettel 37
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gasly 23
15. Stroll 18
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18. Zhou(R) 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries(R) 2
22. Hulkenberg 0

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 759
2. Ferrari 554
3. Mercedes 515
4. Alpine 173
5. McLaren 159
6. Alfa Romeo 55
7. Aston Martin 55
8. Haas 37
9. AlphaTauri 35
10. Williams 8
 
 

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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