F1 Abu Dhabi GP Review and Engineering Supplement

After the drama and excitement of George Russell’s maiden Formula 1 victory in Brazil, service as usual for 2022 was restored last weekend. Verstappen never seemed to lose, while Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc battled for second place in the race and the championship, a fight brilliantly won by the Ferrari driver.

As Alex Kalinauckas explains in our in-depth report, differing strategies between Red Bull teammates Verstappen and Perez contributed to Leclerc’s success. But Verstappen can’t be blamed for that, particularly as it was his excellent tire management that got him down to just one stop, and there were various other factors that contributed to Perez falling 1.3sec short.

Verstappen’s victory brought his record for won seasons to 15, so we also compared the Dutchman’s year to the best campaigns of previous greats.

In stark contrast to the end of the 2021 season, there was plenty of good feeling in the Yas Marina paddock, much of it directed at Vettel in his last GP as a driver.

Vettel has matured into one of motorsport’s greatest ambassadors and the high regard in which he is held was evident. Autosport wishes the four-time champion all the best in his future endeavors, at the same time that he is bold enough to try to find a place for him in the pantheon of F1 legends.

At the other end of his career is Kalle Rovanpera. Tom Howard talks to key figures about the record-breaking rise of the new world rally champion, while Charles Bradley investigates the Trackhouse team taking on NASCAR’s top players.

Lewis Duncan looks back on the MotoGP season and picks the top 10 riders, and the return of Autosport Three Hours headlines our UK motorsport coverage.

Sports car racing is on the cusp of another golden era as multiple manufacturers develop new machinery for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other endurance classics. Gary Watkins explains how the crucial cooperation between the World Endurance Championships and IMSA SportsCar came to be in our latest free 28-page engineering supplement.

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