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Abu Dhabi F1: Bottas closes 2017 season in style

Nov 262017

Valtteri Bottas earned his third win of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, while Lewis Hamilton made it a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team 1-2 for the fourth time in 2017.

It was a faultless display by the Silver Arrows duo around the Yas Marina Circuit; giving the Brackley and Brixworth based team the ultimate finish to their record-breaking championship year; which has seen them clinch the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles.

Despite having both championship titles firmly in the bag; Lewis and Valtteri pushed each other to the final chequered flag, with Lewis finishing almost 20 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who was third.

Valtteri, who scored wins in Austria and Russia earlier this year, was delighted to finish his championship campaign with a victory, after experiencing a difficult second half of the season.

Valtteri said: "It is a really important win for me after having a pretty difficult start to the second half of the season; working hard on all the issues and getting better and better with everything.

"This weekend, with pole position and the win; couldn't be a better way to end the season. Again, congrats to Lewis for the title and congrats to Sebastian for the second place in the championship. I was third this year, hopefully better next year!"

Lewis was quick to praise to Valtteri's performance, not only in Abu Dhabi, but also over the course of the season since he joined from former team Williams.

 

Lewis explained: "I gave it everything I could. Big, big congratulations to Valtteri, he did an amazing job today to hold me off. But it was a great race. I just gave it everything, every single lap.

 

"It's very, very hard to overtake here, so once you get to last sector I struggled, but I gave it everything. Valtteri did a great job this weekend, and also this year. To come into a new team is always difficult. It's always a challenge to acclimatise, to get used to new people, new ways of working, so I think he's done an exceptional job and to finish on a high is great.

 

"But, also for me, it feels like a win for all of us. It's a 1-2 for Mercedes, it's a very strong win against Ferrari this weekend and we mean to continue next year. Of course going into next season, it's back to business, but excited for the challenge ahead."

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 55 1h34m14.062s

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 3.899s

3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 55 19.330s

4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 55 45.386s

5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 55 46.269s

6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 55 1m25.713s

7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 55 1m32.062s

8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 55 1m38.911s

9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 54 1 Lap

10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 54 1 Lap

11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 54 1 Lap

12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 54 1 Lap

13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 54 1 Lap

14 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 54 1 Lap

15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 54 1 Lap

16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 54 1 Lap

17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 54 1 Lap

18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 54 1 Lap

- Carlos Sainz Renault 31 Wheel

- Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 20 Hydraulics

1 Lewis Hamilton 363

2 Sebastian Vettel 317

3 Valtteri Bottas 305

4 Kimi Raikkonen 205

5 Daniel Ricciardo 200

6 Max Verstappen 168

7 Sergio Perez 100

8 Esteban Ocon 87

9 Carlos Sainz 54

10 Nico Hulkenberg 43

11 Felipe Massa 43

12 Lance Stroll 40

13 Romain Grosjean 28

14 Kevin Magnussen 19

15 Fernando Alonso 17

16 Stoffel Vandoorne 13

17 Jolyon Palmer 8

18 Pascal Wehrlein 5

19 Daniil Kvyat 5

20 Marcus Ericsson 0

21 Pierre Gasly 0

22 Antonio Giovinazzi 0

23 Brendon Hartley 0

1 Mercedes 668

2 Ferrari 522

3 Red Bull/Renault 368

4 Force India/Mercedes 187

5 Williams/Mercedes 83

6 Renault 57

7 Toro Rosso/Renault 53

8 Haas/Ferrari 47

9 McLaren/Honda 30

10 Sauber/Ferrari 5

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