Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Dominates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ends 2023 F1 Season With 19 Wins

Max Verstappen at the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix in 2019
Max Verstappen at the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix in 2019. Photo by Federico Basile/IPA/Shutterstock (10325139i)

Despite already being crowned the Formula One champion at the Qatar Grand Prix in early October, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen never took his foot off the gas. Verstappen finished first in all of the five remaining races, including a dominant win at Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which served as the final race of the 2023 F1 season.

Verstappen started the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the pole position and never looked in danger of ceding the lead, finishing 17.9 seconds ahead of runner-up Charles Leclerc of Ferrari.

The 26-year-old Dutchman also claimed the fastest lap.

Verstappen finished the season with a record-extending 19 wins in 22 races. Only two other drivers managed to get a win this season, with his teammate Sergio Perez finishing first at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and Azerbaijan Grand Prix and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz taking the Singapore Grand Prix.

Two wins allowed Perez to finish second on the Driver Standings in front of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and Leclerc rounded up the Top 5.

Red Bull finished at the top of the Constructors Standings with 860 points, more than double compared to second-placed Mercedes’ 409 points. Ferrari finished third with just three points behind Mercedes.