Verstappen wins season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


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Max Verstappen looks on during the F1 Dutch Grand Prix pole race in Zandvoort, Netherlands, September 4, 2021. /CFP

Max Verstappen looks on during the F1 Dutch Grand Prix pole race in Zandvoort, Netherlands, September 4, 2021. /CFP

Max Verstappen won the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to register a record-extending 15th win of a memorable year for the double world champion and his Red Bull team.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came in second to finish runner-up in the drivers’ standings at the expense of Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took 10th to collect a point on his 299th and final race.

“I wish it would have been a couple more points,” said the retiring Aston Martin driver.

“A big day, thank you for all the support and the smiling faces. I’m sure I’m going to miss more than I can imagine,” added Vettel who heads into retirement with four drivers’ world titles, 53 race wins, 57 pole positions and a chorus of tributes ringing in his ears.

Verstappen’s engineer meanwhile came over the team radio tel…

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