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Grand finale of 2017 – Valtteri Bottas wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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Grand finale of 2017 – Valtteri Bottas wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Valtteri Bottas won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while teammate Lewis Hamilton followed him home to make a 2017 grand finale for Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport, the 4-time winner of the Constructors’ Championship title. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel came a distant third.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen followed the Finn to finish fifth. Having to recover after a poor start, Daniel Ricciardo retired instead, on lap 21, with hydraulic failure.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (3)

The last race of the season belonged to Bottas from start to finish, a triumph he craved for after havin taken the pole position. The Finn never put a wheel wrong after he took the lead from the start and defied the incoming pressure caused by seeing Lewis Hamilton steaming on his trace in the rear-view mirrors. The Brit was as close as 1.1 seconds on lap 29th, but Bottas picked up his pace. Hamilton pushed again, 20 laps later, when he reached within half a second, but again, Bottas managed to pull away.

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When crossing the finish line, the teammate were split by 3.8 seconds, while Vettel came far later on an Arabian night when Ferrari had reliability, but lacked pace.

Yet the best battle unrolled behind, where Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen brought their Haas racing cars home 11th and 13th, sandwiching Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren. Pascal Wehrlein’s star shone bright in Abu Dhabi, as the young German dragged his Sauber past Magnussen at one stage only to be blown away on the straight by the Haas driver. He finished an honourable 14th, only 1.5s off the second Haas.

Photo source: F1.com.

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 55 1:34:14.062 25
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 +3.899s 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 55 +19.330s 15
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +45.386s 12
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 55 +46.269s 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 55 +85.713s 8
7 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 55 +92.062s 6
8 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 55 +98.911s 4
9 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 54 +1 lap 2
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 54 +1 lap 1
11 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 54 +1 lap 0
12 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 54 +1 lap 0
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 54 +1 lap 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 54 +1 lap 0
15 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 54 +1 lap 0
16 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 54 +1 lap 0
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 54 +1 lap 0
18 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 54 +1 lap 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 31 DNF 0
NC 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 20 DNF 0

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