Verstappen extends 2022 record as his predecessor says goodbye

After the drama and excitement of George Russell’s first Formula 1 victory in Brazil, usual 2022 service was restored in Abu Dhabi. Max Verstappen never looked like losing, while Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc battled for second in the race and the championship – a fight won brilliantly and deservedly by the Ferrari driver.

As Alex Kalinauckas explains in our report on page 16, the di°ering strategies between Red Bull team-mates Verstappen and Perez contributed to Leclerc’s success. But Verstappen can hardly be blamed for that, particularly as it was his excellent tyre management that allowed him to be on a one-stopper – and there were several other factors that contributed to Perez falling short by 1.3 seconds.

Verstappen’s victory moves his season-wins record to 15. We compare his year to the best campaigns of previous greats on p33.

In stark contrast to the 2021 season finale, there was a lot of good feeling in the Yas Marina paddock – much of it directed at Sebastian Vettel in his last grand prix as a driver (p4). Vettel has matured into one of motorsport’s finest ambassadors and the high regard with which he is held was clear to see. Autosport wishes the four-time champion well in his future endeavours – while also being bold enough to have a go at finding a place for him in the pantheon of F1 legends (p14)…

At the other end of his career is Kalle Rovanpera. Tom Howard talks to key figures about the new World Rally champ’s rise on p38.

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