Valtteri Bottas wins the Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted: December 6, 2017
Valtteri Bottas managed to finish first in the last session of this year’s Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, who gained the title in the Mexican Grand Prix, ended behind his Mercedes teammate.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third and his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen took the fourth position.
Bottas finished in a superb way, ahead of Hamilton, and also beat him in the pole. He was comfortably leading most of the race, hardly allowing his teammate a chance to get past him.
There was a moment in the lap 20 when Bottas made a pit stop, and Hamilton attempted to use the time to gain the place, but after a few laps, he also went into the stop, not managing to consistently pressure the Finn.
There was a gap of less than a second between them by the lap 25, but Bottas executed the fastest round, to widen the distance to 1.5 seconds for the rest of the race.
To some extent, it was a disappointing race for Vettel, due to Ferrari’s decision to tune down his car’s engine. The German could be faster, but his team ensured in this way that there won’t be any malfunctioning and that he would properly finish the race. Otherwise, if he wouldn’t, Bottas could snatch the second championship place instead of him.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth, behind Raikkonen. It was a surprise as Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg followed him in the sixth and both Force India’s drivers, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon ended behind. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso got the ninth position, and last William’s Felipe Massa’s race in the Grand Prix series ended with him on the 10th.
The F1 Grand Prix 2017 ended with this race, and the teams have three months to work on their cars and decide who will take on the pole next. The first F1 Grand Prix 2018 race will start in Australia on March 26th.
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