By Chris King •
Updated: 26 Nov 2023 • 16:52
Image of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
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THE F1 season came to a close with the common sight of Max Verstappen standing on the winners’ podium this Sunday, November 26.
Starting from pole, the Dutchman’s Red Bull took the chequered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit in the season’s finale in Abu Dhabi to clinch his 19th victory from 22 races.
Verstappen was rarely troubled by the rest of the field as the triple world champion stormed to yet another win. Charles LeClerc started alongside him in the Ferrari on the front row but the Red Bull driver was totally in command and closed out any attempts that LeClerc made to pass him.
As has been the case for the majority of the season, Verstappen gradually pulled clear and finished with a comfortable win to finish 17 seconds ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez who took second place in the final driver’s table.
However, the Mexican was hit with a five-second time penalty for an incident involving Lando Norris which subsequently saw him demoted to fourth place with the British McLaren driver only managing fifth.
LeClerc moved up to second as a result with Britain’s George Russell taking the third spot on the podium for Mercedes. Ferrari and Mercedes were battling for second place in the constructor’s championship behind the runaway winners, Red Bull, with today’s result finally giving the place to Mercedes by three points.
Oscar Piastri placed the other McLaren sixth behind Norris, followed home by the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda in the AlphaTauri.
Mercedes and Aston Martin occupied the final spots in the top 10 thanks to Lewis Hamilton and Lance Stroll respectively.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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