The final race of the season - the Feature Race of the FIA Formula 2 Round 14 Abu Dhabi took place on Sunday 20, November, with Ayumu Iwasa starting from pole position and aiming for a win.
With an ambient temperature of 30°C and a track temperature of 41°C, the formation lap got underway at 1:00pm. Iwasa started from pole position but was passed by the 2nd car before the first corner as he was unable to accelerate much. However, he regained the lead in a battle for position towards Turn 2 and completed the first lap on top. The pack in tow then closed in on him within a second, but Iwasa held on to the lead. On Lap 7, Felipe Drugovich, this season's champion, moved to 2nd and was breathing down Iwasa’s neck.
On Lap 9, Iwasa, who had started on soft tyres, made a pit stop for a tyre change. As Drugovich pitted on the next lap and got back on the track behind him, Iwasa defended his lead among cars with the same strategy.
In 2nd place, Drugovich kept the pressure on Iwasa, always with a gap of around a second behind. In the second half of the race, as cars with a different strategy started going back to the pit, Iwasa’s position gradually moved up, but the situation remained tense with pressure from behind.
On Lap 26, when all the cars had completed their pit stops, Iwasa came out on top. The gap to Drugovich in 2nd was just one second. Iwasa had to defend his position from the fierce Brazilian at the end of the straight on every lap and as the race entered the final stages. Iwasa held off his rival in a furious side-by-side battle on Lap 31 and at Turns 8 to 9 on the final lap to eventually take the chequered flag.
With his second win this season, Iwasa has added two points for his pole position and 25 points for this win to his tally. With a total of 141 points now, he finishes the 2022 season and moves to 5th place in the standings.