Victoria Desai Wins in Abu Dhabi, Takes Championship Lead Ahead of Finale


157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:43.2551:43.534
263George RussellPrecision-Mercedes1:43.5831:43.549+0.294
337Victoria DesaiFerrari1:46.2171:45.888+2.633
41Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:46.4471:46.143+2.888
570Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:46.8181:46.388+3.133
629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:46.7891:46.559+3.304
723Alexander AlbonFerrari1:46.6561:46.562+3.307
847Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:46.6041:46.916+3.349
918Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:46.8121:46.657+3.402
1033Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:46.8031:46.689+3.696
1120Kevin MagnussenToyota1:46.9021:46.728+3.785
1277Valtteri BottasToyota1:47.1651:46.856+3.601
1339Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:46.8711:47.094+3.616
144Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:47.4701:47.298+4.043
1526Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:47.7611:47.546+4.291
1655Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:48.3931:47.841+4.586
1711Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:49.1251:49.079+5.824
1831Esteban OconFAST-BMW1:49.5451:49.423+6.168
1956Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:50.3041:49.934+6.679
2023Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:50.6241:49.966+6.711
2195Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:50.1371:50.310+6.882
2246Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1:50.5201:50.528+7.265
237Charles LeclercSauber-Judd1:53.2181:52.484+9.229
2484Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:53.9971:53.966+10.711


Unfortunately, technical issues ruined what was a great battle between Pastor Maldonado and Victoria Desai.
Some wondered whether Sebastian Vettel’s poor race at Mugello shifted momentum in Victoria Desai’s favour. However, to prove this true, she would need to make an impact at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Without a good race in Abu Dhabi, it would all be lost.

A horrible start saw her drop a few places, but after that the overtake party began. Nobody could stop her except for one man: Pastor Maldonado. The Williams driver demonstrated all of his veteran experience to keep her behind.

A technical issue forced Maldonado into a pitstop, leaving the American-Indian driver to take her third win of the season and the championship lead despite Sebastian Vettel having a great race, nearly finishing third yet again.

With no retirements among the top teams, only few places were available for the bottom half of the grid despite Max Verstappen’s best efforts. Valtteri Bottas took advantage returned to the points after four retirements with a ninth place.


137Victoria DesaiFerrari61:35.31015
229Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari+10.83712
323Alexander AlbonFerrari+23.20210
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+24.8508
51Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota+36.1336
670Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari+38.0245
747Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+43.9244
826Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+44.4813
977Valtteri BottasToyota+63.7772
1057Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+65.7931
1139Sho TsuboiMansell-Mercedes+68.270
1263George RussellPrecision-Mercedes+77.362
1311Terry HawkinFAST-BMW+84.733
1433Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+103.594
1514Esteban OconFAST-BMW+113.535
1657Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1 Lap
1746Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
1827Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1 Lap
197Charles LeclercSauber-Judd2 Laps
204Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes2 Laps
2185Jack AitkenSauber-Judd3 Laps
2295Beitske VisserLoonmotor-JuddTransmission
DNF55Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-MercedesMotor
DNF20Kevin MagnussenToyotaSuspension

Fastest Lap:

Pastor Maldonado – 1:48.215

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Reliability – only two cars not classified is the best number of 2022.

Reject Of The Race:

Sauber-Judd – the C41 is the worst car ever produced by the team and this race demonstrated that perfectly.