The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen’s Abu Dhabi triumph


“It was all about tyre management.” As dull a sentence as one can read about modern Formula 1, but with it dominant race winner Max Verstappen summed up the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix perfectly.

On his way to sealing a seventh 2022 pole, Verstappen had helped teammate Sergio Perez lockout the front row with faultless tow tactics. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc trailed in third and needed to head Perez in the race to beat the Mexican to second place in the drivers’ championship.