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2023 Abu Dhabi Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Our excitement over the year of teams closing the gap (somewhat) to Red Bull needs some perspective. Red Bull's performance was so far ahead of everyone, they could stop development and start working on next year's car way before anyone else. If their improvement over this past year's offseason was a huge step forward, the same can happen during this upcoming offseason. And then we'll just end up repeating 2023 domination in 2024.

EVENT: With the newish general admission hillside seating locations, this place is a) getting more fans and b) getting to be a bit more of a festive atmosphere.

TRACK: Though the changes made before last year's race continues to allow the track to be more racy than before, it's still not a super great track.

QUALIFYING: In the battle for second place in the constructors' title, Ferrari is shocked when Sainz is eliminated in Q1 and then Mercedes is shocked when Hamilton is eliminated in Q2. Leclerc makes up for it with a front row spot, and Russell makes up for it with a fourth starting spot. Meanwhile, Verstappen grabs another pole while Perez suffers track limits.

RACE: If you kept a close eye on the Mercedes-Ferrari back and fourth points battle, this was a fun, entertaining race.

START: The last race gives us the cleanest start with very few position changes. That's it. That's the whole comment.

VERSTAPPEN: What else can you say after this season? Nineteen victories. Ten in a row, then seven in a row. Over 1,000 laps led. Records which may never be broken.

PEREZ: What else can you say after this season? From the confidence of a championship contender to the thoroughly demoralized driver after a teammate beatdown for the ages.

RED BULL: What else can you say after this season? One race short of an unprecedented sweep. It was still an unprecedented performance.

LECLERC: Fascinating on the fly strategic thinking by Charles to try and prevent Russell gaining a position due to Perez's penalty.

FERRARI: Sainz's broken car cost them second in the championship.

RUSSELL: After being outdone by Hamilton for a few races, George was needed to save Mercedes' second place spot.

MERCEDES: The dreaded five-second penalty going to a non-contesting team was the difference to give the Silver Arrows second place in the constructors' championship ... by just three points.

MCLAREN: Their botched pit stop on Norris saved their engine supplier, Mercedes, second place ... Hmmmm...

PIASTRI: A fine rookie season. Everyone has forgotten the craziness that got Oscar to McLaren from Alpine.

ALONSO: His brake testing move was bush league. The FIA's non reaction to it was even more bush league.

ASTON MARTIN: Who would have predicted the best of the rest early in the season would fall to fifth place by the end of the season?

TSUNODA: Yuki carried the bags in this race for AlphaTauri, almost enabling them to pass Williams for seventh place. An excellent drive. A well deserved recipient of the fans' driver of the day choice. And the first Japanese driver to lead an F1 race since Takuma Sato.

RICCIARDO: While Daniel did not carry anything.

ALPHATAURI: So long Franz Tost. A man who played a key role in so many young drivers' development. And so long to their team's second name.

ALPINE: Another uninspiring race for another uninspiring season for a factory team.

SARGEANT: For the first time all year, James Vowles hints that Logan's drive is not quite secure for 2024.

WILLIAMS: Who picked Williams to finish seventh this year?

ALFA ROMEO: Not anymore. But not quite Audi yet either. Probably back to Sauber. But continuing to muddle at the back of the grid.

MAGNUSSEN: Kevin finished last in a race where everybody finished.

HAAS: The first time they finished last was because of two rookie drivers. That can't be their excuse for their second last place finish.

FIA: Penalized Perez for a racing incident. Didn't penalize Alonso for nearly sending a car in orbit. Yeah, okay...

F2: Points leader Theo Pourchaire had to endure two 14th place starting spots. Then, his closest pursurer, Frederik Vesti, won the sprint race and got the fastest lap point. In the feature race (won by Jack Doohan), the two of them had an epic wheel-to-wheel duel in the latter parts of the race. Ultimately, despite Vesti finishing third, Pourchaire's fifth was good enough to give the Frenchman the title, with only one win.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Rest.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 100% -- Of all the records Max Verstappen and Red Bull set, no matter how mightily impressive they are ... and they are ... the fact that Verstappen can complete every single lap of the season is astounding even when considering amazing reliability. This is racing and Formula 1. Things always happen. Yet nothing broke. No untimely punctures. No insane drivers taking him out at the start. Even people accidently running into him, like at Las Vegas, didn't matter. Just phenomenal. And just because it's been done twice before (Michael Schumacher in 2002 and Lewis Hamilton in 2019) it doesn't distract from how mindblowing it is.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Whether they actually followed the podium ceremony protocol for every single F1 season like they do now, we'll still play along. Two national anthems get played -- one for the winning driver and one for the winning constructor. This is the first time since 1952 the British national anthem had not been played on the podium for the entire year. For 2023, it was Netherlands, Mexico, and Spain for the drivers; Austria and Italy for the constructors. In 1952, it was Italy for both constructor (Ferrari) and drivers (Piero Taruffi and Alberto Ascari). [Note, the Indy 500 doesn't even play the national anthem after the race.] 1950 and 1951 were also years the British anthem was never heard on the podium.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From @redbulletin:

It’s donut time
You get a donut, everyone gets a donut

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Max Verstappen, even getting a bit emotional, in his post race radio message, "I just want to say thank you to Franz Tost. He had a lot of us under his wings and this is his last race so thank you."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Remember way back, after Baku, Sergio Perez said, "I can win the world driver championship." Yeah, fun times...

SCHEDULE: We were supposed to have 24 races this year, but China (Covid) and Imola (floods) got cancelled. Next year, we are again set to have 24 races. This year was hard enough on those in the sport.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 58
2. Leclerc 58
3. Russell 58
4. Perez 58
5. Norris 58
6. Piastri(R) 58
7. Alonso 58
8. Tsunoda 58
9. Hamilton 58
10. Stroll 58
11. Ricciardo 58
12. Ocon 58
13. Gasly 58
14. Albon 58
15. Hulkenberg 58
16. Sargeant(R) 58
17. Zhou 58
18. Sainz 57
19. Bottas 57
20. Magnussen 57

Time of Race
1:27:02.624

Margin of Victory
17.993 secs.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Yuki Tsunoda, Charles Leclerc

Fastest Race Lap
Max Verstappen

Pole Position
Max Verstappen

FINAL STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 575
2. Perez 285
3. Hamilton 234
4. Alonso 206
5. Leclerc 206
6. Norris 205
7. Sainz 200
8. Russell 175
9. Piastri(R) 97
10. Stroll 74
11. Gasly 62
12. Ocon 58
13. Albon 27
14. Tsunoda 17
15. Bottas 10
16. Hulkenberg 9
17. Ricciardo 6
18. Zhou 6
19. Magnussen 3
20. Lawson(R) 2
21. Sargeant(R) 1
22. De Vries(R) 0

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 860
2. Mercedes 409
3. Ferrari 406
4. McLaren 302
5. Aston Martin 280
6. Alpine 120
7. Williams 28
8. AlphaTauri 25
9. Alfa Romeo 16
10. Haas 12
 
 

2023 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Azerbaijan
Miami Emilia Romagna Monaco Spain
Canada Austria Great Britain Hungary
Belgium Holland Italy Singapore
Japan Qatar United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Las Vegas Abu Dhabi

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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