Two-time world champion Max Verstappen claimed a record-extending 15th win this year with a “sublime” performance in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 : Winner | Prize money

The 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that was held on 20 November 2022 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 : Winner | Prize money

Race details
Date 20 November 2022
Official name Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022
Location Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.281 km (3.281 miles)
Distance 58 laps, 306.183 km (190.253 miles)

The event was held across the weekend of the 18–20 November. It was the twenty-second and final race of the 2022 Formula One World Championship.

Going into the weekend, both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles have already been decided at the Japanese and United States Grands Prix, respectively.

Max Verstappen led the Drivers’ Championship with 139 points from Charles Leclerc, second, and from teammate Sergio Pérez, third.

Red Bull Racing led the Constructors’ Championship from Ferrari by 195 points and Mercedes by 214 points.

Abu dhabi grand prix 2022 Winner 

The longest ever season of Formula 1 has concluded the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today – the 22nd race of the year, with World Champion Max Verstappen cruising to his 15th victory of the season.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 : Winner | Prize money

A second position in the race helped Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secure the second position in the Drivers’ Championship with 308 points, 3 more than Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

Same race winner, very different level of serenity. Abu Dhabi 2022 was very different to Abu Dhabi 2021 for Max Verstappen.

Perhaps the lowest-key of his record-extending 15 grand prix wins this year, but one of the strongest in terms of sending a ‘you really all need to do a lot better in 2023 to stop me getting a hat-trick’ message.

He left the entertaining and tense bit of the race behind from the outset, and made the one-stop strategy that others had stresses over look very straightforward and unbeatable.

Fastest lap, best of the rest again, 30 points clear of one Alpine, 41 points clear of another Alpine. Even overtook George Russell at the start.

Even against the backdrop of an above-average Daniel Ricciardo weekend at McLaren, Lando Norris has produced yet another “look at me, I’m the captain now” performance.

Making it through to Q3 represented a decent result for Daniel Ricciardo, who hadn’t managed to do that since September’s Italian GP.

But with a three-place grid penalty carried over from the Brazilian GP, you’d have been forgiven for wondering whether he might end up getting lost in the midfield again and bowing out of an F1 race seat (for now) with another anonymous drive.

Prize money 

There is a lot of money to be made in Formula One if you are a successful driver. In 2020 reports showed Formula 1 earned $2 billion in revenue.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 : Winner | Prize money

Formula One drivers do not receive prize money; their teams pay their salaries. Generally, the drivers or the teams do not disclose their total earnings.

The highest-paid F1 driver is Lewis Hamilton, who earned $65 million from his contract with Mercedes. His per race salary is $2.9 million.

F1 drivers are the highest-paid athletes in world sport.  Their salaries are calculated as per their contracts with the respective teams and bonuses.

By Rishabh

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