2023 Abu Dhabi F1 GP Race analysis by Peter Windsor
In this week's episode, we delve deep into the thrilling finale of the 2023 Formula 1 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Max Verstappen's mastery was on full display as he clinched his 19th victory of the season, a testament to the sheer dominance of Red Bull-Honda this year, with an astonishing 21 wins out of 22 races.
We analyze how Ferrari's Charles Leclerc put up a valiant fight in the opening lap, ultimately securing second place but falling just short of snatching the runner-up spot in the Constructors' Championship from Mercedes. George Russell's third-place finish, coupled with Lewis Hamilton's ninth, edged Mercedes ahead by a mere three points, securing a significant financial boost for the team.
Meanwhile, Ferrari, despite being the only other team to taste victory this season, is left to contend with extra wind tunnel testing time as a consolation. We discuss the impact of these results on the team dynamics and their strategies for the upcoming season.
The episode also takes a closer look at Sergio Perez's performance, finishing fourth after a penalty, and how McLaren-Mercedes managed to clinch the fifth and sixth spots. We reflect on Fernando Alonso's run for Aston Martin and Yuki Tsunoda's impressive effort for Alpha Tauri-Honda.
Lewis Hamilton's struggle at this race, finishing ninth, is a key talking point, along with Lance Stroll's effort to secure the final point for Aston Martin. We delve into Carlos Sainz's gamble with the hard-hard Pirelli compound strategy for Ferrari, which unfortunately didn't pay off due to the lack of a Safety Car, leading to his retirement in the final lap from 15th position.
This episode is packed with insights, analysis, and a behind-the-scenes look at the final race of what has been a remarkable season in Formula 1. Join us as we break down each team's performance and look ahead to what 2024 might bring for the world of Formula 1 racing.
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