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Valtteri Bottas ends F1 season on excessive be aware with win in Abu Dhabi

Valtteri Bottas ends F1 season on excessive be aware with win in Abu Dhabi

Valtteri Bottas ended the 2017 System 1 season with a victory in Abu Dhabi Sunday. The win assist put his Brazilian woes behind him. In Brazil, the Mercedes driver additionally began from the pole, however completed second.

Sunday, Bottas took the third win of his System 1 profession in comparatively snug trend from champion Lewis Hamilton. Having taken his fourth pole of the season on Saturday, including each the victory and quickest lap on Sunday will enable him to go into the winter on a constructive be aware in what has been considerably underwhelming season after his transfer to Mercedes.

“It’s a extremely necessary win for me,” mentioned Bottas. “After having a reasonably troublesome begin to the second half of the yr, working laborious on all the points and getting higher and higher with every little thing and this weekend simply went all … I couldn’t be happier than to finish the season like this. I used to be third (within the championship) this yr, hopefully higher subsequent yr.”

Bottas placed on a typical Finnish efficiency to win the Grand Prix, emulating race-winning drives from Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkönen — not a drive that appears spectacular however one which blows your thoughts if you take a look at the lap occasions.

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Gallery: F1 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sunday Nov. 26, 2017

“I used to be actually managing the tempo,” mentioned Bottas. “That was the sensation, and it was a pleasant feeling. I had one little bit of a lockup after I was approaching one of many lapped vehicles, however in any other case there have been no points, and the final 5 laps I simply began to go a bit faster. I simply thought I wanted to construct a niche and I’m actually happy.

“The automobile was so good and, once more, for this season, crew, thanks very a lot. I’ve actually loved it.”

Hamilton might have ended the season with a second-place end, however the outcome provides yet one more accolade to his title: The Briton is simply the third driver to win the championship whereas scoring factors in each single Grand Prix of the season. Previous to Hamilton, solely Juan Manuel Fangio — 1954 and 1955 — and Michael Schumacher — 2002 — have achieved the feat.

“I did (give it every little thing as we speak),” mentioned Hamilton. “Huge, massive congratulations to Valtteri. He did a tremendous job as we speak to carry me off, nevertheless it was an awesome race. I simply gave it every little thing, each single lap. It’s very troublesome to overhaul right here so, when you get to the final sector, I struggles just a little bit however I gave every little thing and I simply need to say a giant thanks to the crew – each right here and on the manufacturing unit. What they’ve produced this yr is simply unbelievable and it’s simply an honor to race for them.”

Mercedes was at its dominant finest throughout Sunday’s Grand Prix, emphasised by the hole again to third-place man Sebastian Vettel — a staggering 20 seconds. Ferrari might have been in a position to take the battle to Mercedes in 2017 however Abu Dhabi simply highlighted that Mercedes nonetheless has comfortably the very best energy unit and chassis mixture within the paddock.

Third place for Vettel signifies that he ends the season as championship runner-up.

“Yeah it was (a lonely race),” mentioned Vettel. “In the beginning I attempted very laborious. I feel I had a superb begin however then nowhere to go. Locked up just a little bit and flat-spotted the primary set of tires a tiny bit however then, after three or 4 laps, I simply couldn’t go any sooner they usually appeared to drag away. Then it was fairly lonely.

“However then, I’ve to say, the second stint I actually acquired into the rhythm and I feel we had stronger tempo however yeah, not adequate to match these two guys. Congratulations to Valtteri and once more, very a lot congratulations to Lewis on his season. He deserves it to win the championship in the long run this yr. I hate to say it however he was the higher man, so I’m certain we’ll do our bit over the winter and hopefully come again stronger.”

Sebastian Vettel

Third place for Vettel signifies that he ends the season as championship runner-up. Photograph by LAT Photographic

Räikkönen held off Max Verstappen in a race-long contest for fourth place. For the opening few laps the battle raged laborious however, after the preliminary pit stops, it calmed all the way down to nothing greater than a simmer — extra of a procession than a battle.

After Daniel Ricciardo retired with a hydraulic downside, Nico Hulkenberg knew that he simply wanted to maintain a cool head to convey his Renault dwelling in sixth and take sixth within the constructors’ standings from Toro Rosso. Giving the crew round $13.5 million further in prize cash, climbing one place greater within the desk is a large acquire for Renault and a large blow for the Pink Bull junior crew.

In his remaining System 1 Grand Prix, Felipe Massa signed off with a factors end. Taking 10th place, Massa then joined the Mercedes drivers in performing donuts on the beginning straight to finish his profession in type.

With simply 120 days till lights out in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, for the 2018 season, is it too early to start out getting just a little bit excited for one more Hamilton-Vettel battle?

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas led from pole in Brazil solely to complete second. Photograph by LAT Photographic

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race Outcomes

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes three.899

three Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 19.330

four Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 45.386

5 Max Verstappen Pink Bull 46.269

6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’25.713

7 Sergio Perez Drive India 1’32.062

eight Esteban Ocon Drive India 1’38.911

9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1 lap

10 Felipe Massa Williams 1 lap

11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 lap

12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 lap

13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 lap

14 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1 lap

15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1 lap

16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1 lap

17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 lap

18 Lance Stroll Williams 1 lap

19 Carlos Sainz Renault 24 laps

20 Daniel Ricciardo Pink Bull 35 laps

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