Talk about a mic-drop moment for Max Verstappen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix! There he was, owning the podium like a boss, wrapping up the 2023 Formula One season with a win that screamed, "I’m unstoppable!” His victory at the Yas Marina circuit wasn’t just any old win – it was a 17-second lead. Meanwhile, poor Charles Leclerc let Sergio Perez by easily, aiming to widen the gap to George Russell and aid Ferrari's bid for second in the constructors' standings. It ultimately proved futile, and Mercedes snagged second place.
Despite already clinching his third world championship, Verstappen wasn’t just racing for fun – he was on a mission to make history. Determined to be the first driver to lead over 1,000 laps in a season, he nailed that too. His stats are something else – 19 wins out of 22 races, beating his own record and leaving Vettel and Schumacher quite far behind.
But let's face it, 2023 was all about Max Verstappen rewriting the rulebook and leaving us all wondering: what’s next?