F1 NATION: Verstappen signs off in style and Mercedes grab P2 – it's our Abu Dhabi Grand Prix review

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The final Grand Prix of the season saw Max Verstappen win for a record-extending 19th time in 2023, as he claimed his fourth successive victory in Abu Dhabi. George Russell did enough for Mercedes to claim second in the constructors' ahead of Ferrari, while there were a slew of incidents further down the field. All of which the F1 Nation team unpick in their race review...

Verstappen has broken so many records this season it is hard to know where to start, but Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill and Aston Martin ambassador Pedro de la Rosa are on hand to look at not just his faultless race at Yas Marina, but also his season as a whole.

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With the drivers' and constructors' championships sewn up, it was all eyes on Mercedes and Ferrari as they duelled for second, and it all came down to the last lap in a grandstand finish that saw Russell trying to keep close enough to Sergio Perez to take third, while Lewis Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda went wheel-to-wheel for seventh.

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Toto Wolff joins the show to explain how Mercedes are remembering history as they plan to improve next year, and take the challenge to Red Bull in 2024.

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll is also on hand to talk about how much he is looking forward to having a safer winter compared to last year, while Lando Norris tells us what McLaren need to change about their car next season.

Williams' Alex Albon opens up on why 2023 was so important for him personally and the team's new Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry assesses if Williams have what they need to take another step forward. We also say farewell to Franz Tost at AlphaTauri, and congratulations to the winner of our F1 Fantasy league.

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