Verstappen wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

Results: 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
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Max Verstappen finished an aggravating period for Red Bull on a high with success in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Dutchman took his 2nd win of the year in advance of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas as well as Lewis Hamilton, that were not able to test in 2nd as well as 3rd.

An very early safety and security auto secured the techniques of the leaders as well as caused a soporific race.

McLaren took 3rd in the fitters’ champion as Lando Norris as well as Carlos Sainz took 5th as well as 6th.

The reward for revamping Racing Point – that began the race 10 factors in advance but also for whom Lance Stroll might end up just 10th as team-mate Sergio Perez retired early on – remains in the area of $10m (£7.5m) of cash prize.

Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was 4th, 20 secs behind team-mate Verstappen yet close adequate to the Mercedes to obstruct any kind of daring technique options, as the group evaluate up whether to preserve the British-Thai chauffeur for 2021.

Too bit, far too late

Max Verstappen celebrates
Max Verstappen as well as Red Bull commemorated their very first success considering that the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 9

Verstappen placed in the type of efficiency Red Bull started the year encouraging yet which they have actually invested stopping working to provide when faced with Mercedes’ frustrating prevalence.

Having taken a shock lead, the Dutchman maintained the lead at the beginning as well as remained in control throughout.

When Perez’s Racing Point dropped in the last market of the circuit after simply 10 laps, the safety and security auto was called as well as required most groups to match for fresh tires as well as go to completion of the race.

Mercedes selected to pile Hamilton behind Bottas instead of betting on running the globe champ much longer, banking the moment gain of a quit under care instead of betting on needing to resist in the 2nd component of the race on a countered technique.

That suggested the remainder of the race deteriorated right into a tyre-conservation cruise ship.

Bottas might not equal Verstappen as well as gradually hung back from the Red Bull.

Hamilton beinged in the area of 2 to 3 secs behind his team-mate for much of the race, evidently with even more speed yet either not able or resistant to enclose.

Hamilton likewise claimed he was battling with exhaustion in the race, as an outcome of the after-effects of having coronavirus, which required him to miss out on last weekend break’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.

McLaren win large

Lando Norris
Lando Norris as well as Carlos Sainz topped an excellent day for McLaren complying with information of brand-new United States financial investment

Albon had a confidential race in 4th, while the year finished on a significant high for McLaren.

The Racing Point has actually been the quicker auto for much of the year, yet McLaren as well as their chauffeurs have actually increased their prospective to better impact as well as remained in the battle in spite of a solid 2nd component of the period by their competitors.

That maintained them in the battle as well as they supplied the race they required when it mattered.

Norris made an excellent begin as well as led Albon for the very first couple of laps, prior to certainly giving in. He as well as Sainz after that drove steadly as well as continually for the remainder of the race to safeguard the champion setting they wanted.

It made it an excellent day for McLaren on 2 fronts, after they validated a significant cash money increase from a financial investment by a US consortium that is to take a 3rd of the equity in the group by the end of 2022.

Daniel Ricciardo ran a lengthy very first job in his Renault on the tough tire to transform an 11th area begin right into 7th at the end, in advance of Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly, as Renault’s Esteban Ocon took nine from Stroll on the last lap.

Driver of the day

Max Verstappen takes the chequered flag
On a day of uninspiring auto racing, Verstappen was the superior chauffeur

What’s following?

Shattered at the end of 17 races loaded right into 5 as well as a half months, the groups as well as chauffeurs head right into a brief off-season with some adjustments to be made to their autos prior to pre-season screening at the end of February.

The following period results from begin in Melbourne in mid-March, yet with the pandemic still raving, that recognizes what 2021 will bring?

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