Max Verstappen: I'll try to win until the end 5:04

(CNN) -- And so the curtain falls on a Formula One season dominated by Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team, with the Dutchman securing a record-extending 19th win of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Never in the sport has a driver won with such regularity and ease: the three-time world champion once again comfortably crossed the finish line in first place in the season-ending race at the Yas Marina circuit.

The 26-year-old's victory puts him third on the list of all-time victories in F1 with 54 in total, behind seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has 103 wins, and Michael Schumacher with 91.

Verstappen led from start to finish to secure his fourth consecutive win in Abu Dhabi. Ferarri's Charles Leclerc was the only driver to attempt any kind of challenge and did so unsuccessfully at the first corner.

After racking up a record 575 points this season, and the largest margin of wins in a championship with 290 points between him and teammate Sergio Perez, it was perhaps no surprise to hear Verstappen say after the race that he was feeling excited.


"It was an unbelievable season," Verstappen told reporters. "It was a bit emotional on the opening lap, the last time I was sitting in this car which of course gave me so much.

"It's going to be hard to do something like that again, but we're definitely enjoying this year," he said.

Such was Red Bull's superiority that Verstappen clinched the drivers' title at the beginning of October.

At one point, it seemed more likely than possible that the team would win every race of the season, a result that faded when Ferrari's Carlos Sainz won the Singapore Grand Prix.

But Red Bull sealed its second consecutive constructors' championship at the Japanese Grand Prix in September, with six races remaining, and its car has been widely hailed as one of the best ever built in the sport, proving somehow even more successful than last year's model that won 17 of 22 races.

At the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the team achieved its 1th victory, a single-season record, and it was perhaps fitting that the final race of the season broke even more records, as Verstappen became the first driver to lead more than 000,<> laps in a season.

Issy Ronald contributed to this report.

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