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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, 1st position, crosses the line as fireworks light the sky
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The hidden joy in Verstappen's 1000 F1 laps led record

OPINION: Max Verstappen ended the 2023 Formula 1 season with a staggering list of records and achievements. But one secured in the Abu Dhabi season finale was a rare example of Verstappen showing he even cares for such accolades. Ultimately, that’s good for the championship and its fans

There was a rather different atmosphere pervading throughout the Formula 1 paddock at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After 22 races – and one aborted trip to Italy most paddock personnel at least partially embarked upon back in May – the usual end-of-term air ran all around.

At the same time, for many people who had crossed the globe on the 8200-mile journey (as the crow flies, at least) from Las Vegas, exhaustion reigned supreme.

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