Max Verstappen cruised to victory for Red Bull in Formula 1’s season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday as champions Mercedes endured an uncharacteristically off-colour day.
- Verstappen wins, 15.9 secs forward of Bottas
- Hamilton completes the rostrum in 3rd place
- McLaren 3rd in constructors’ championship
Verstappen takes snug Abu Dhabi GP win
Verstappen, ranging from pole, led each lap of what turned out to be a processional race to cross the road 15.9 seconds forward of Valtteri Bottas with world champion, Lewis Hamilton third after his return from his COVID-19-enforced absence.
“It was really enjoyable out there today,” mentioned the Dutchman
“We did basically everything alright. Once you start up front you can control the pace a bit more and it makes your life a bit easier.”
Verstappen’s victory beneath the floodlights on the Yas Marina monitor was the 10th of his profession and second this season. It was additionally Red Bull’s first win in Abu Dhabi since Sebastian Vettel took victory for the Milton Keynes-based staff in 2013 and ended Mercedes’ streak of six straight wins within the Gulf Emirate.
The 23-year-old moved nearer to Bottas within the total standings however in the end needed to accept third behind the Finn.
Mercedes accept podium end
Mercedes, who wrapped a report seventh straight title double, had no reply to the tempo set by Verstappen’s Honda-powered Red Bull.
As a end result, the Brackley-based staff, who have been operating their vehicles with their engines turned down as a consequence of reliability considerations, have been denied the satisfaction of capping an totally dominant season on a excessive, as an alternative ending up with 13 wins from 17 races.
“Yeah Red Bull was too quick today, surprisingly quick,” mentioned Bottas.
“We thought race pace would be really identical. But they could really control the race and get the gap when needed. So I was trying everything I could but couldn’t keep up with them.”
Hamilton was denied a 12th win of the season which might have made 2020 his most profitable F1 season ever, he was nonetheless affected by the after results of COVID-19 and was completely happy merely to make it via the race.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so blown, body is not feeling great,” mentioned the 35-year-old who has already wrapped up a record-equalling seventh title.
“I’m just glad it’s over.”
McLaren defeat Racing Point in constructors’ championship
Alexander Albon, who faces an unsure future with Red Bull contemplating whether or not to retain him, was 4th. Lando Norris led his Ferrari-bound teammate Carlos Sainz in fifth, the end result permitting the Woking-based squad to overtake rivals Racing Point and safe third within the total constructors’ standings.
Daniel Ricciardo was seventh on his Renault farewell forward of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll within the Racing Point. The Australian signed off with the quickest lap of the race. Esteban Ocon within the different Renault rounded out the top-10.
Sebastian Vettel introduced the curtain down on his Ferrari profession by ending a lap down on Verstappen and behind Charles Leclerc in 14th. The German, certain for Racing Point which is rebranding to Aston Martin subsequent 12 months, accomplished a mammoth 35-lap stint on his exhausting tyres.
Sergio Perez, who grew to become F1’s latest winner in Sakhir final weekend, was the one casualty of the race. Still, with no drive subsequent 12 months, his Racing Point suffered a lack of energy simply ten laps into his swan track for the Silverstone-based staff.
2020 Abu Dhabi GP outcomes
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