Mexican Red Bull driver battles Charles Leclerc to establish himself as the second best driver in the Formula 1 World Championship
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Sergio Pérez must surpass Charles Leclerc in points to be runner-up in 2022 (Leonhard Foeger/REUTERS)
Red Bull Racing officially achieved its best season in history of Formula 1 with the World Championships for Drivers and Constructors secured. To close with a flourish, they will look for the one two in the table of the individual competition, so the Mexican Sergio Checo Pérez< /b>has the obligation to separate from Charles Leclerc, with whom he is tied, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The last race of the 2022 season of the F1 promises great emotions. The driver from Guadalajara, Jalisco, has before him the possibility of achieving his best campaign at the Yas Marina Circuit . However, finding himself level on points with Czech in the table, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will be aiming for the same goal. In this regard, there is only one possible scenario for the Mexican to keep the silver position.
The Monegasque and the Mexican are in second and third place, respectively, in the World Cup pilots. The two competitors have 290 units in their personal statistics, so, whatever happens, Checo Pérez has the obligation to score more points than Leclerc > in the last race of the year or he will allow his rival to keep the coveted position.
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Any scenario where Pérez faces Leclerc at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be favourable. The only sure way to secure runner-up is if Czech manages to keep the 25 units awarded by the competition to the pilot who finishes on top of the podium. In that case it would not matter if the Ferrari driver finishes in second position.
Only if Pérez finishes in ninth position and Leclerc in tenth, the Mexican should prevent his rival from adding the unit of the fastest lap because in this way both will add a couple of units. The most favored with the situation will be the partner of Carlos Sainz Jr.
It is worth mentioning that, in the event that neither of them add units or do so in the same amount, the figure in the drivers' championship table will maintain the tie and the runner-up will be Charles Leclerc. The criteria to define the best in this situation will be the number of first places throughout the season, a category in which the Mexican is at a disadvantage.
Checo Pérez seeks to improve his best ever position in the Drivers' Championship (AP/Hussein Malla)
How is the top of the Championship going? Drivers' Championship?
Unlike the 2021 season, where first place was decided in the last breaths of the event, in 2022 the distribution among the first five competitors was more spaced out. The most disadvantaged driver in the standings in the last two years was Lewis Hamilton, since having been the second best in the past period, he will aspire to retain fourth, fifth or sixth position along with George Russell and Carlos Sainz Jr.
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 429 points – Champion.
2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 290 points.
3. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) 290 points.
4. George Russell (Mercedes) 265 points.
5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 240 points.
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari) 234 points.
7. Lando Norris (McLaren) 113 points.
If Sergio Pérez manages to take second place, it will be his best season as a Formula 1 driver. Racing Point and Red Bull their maximum result was fourth place with 125 and 190 units, respectively.