Valtteri Bottas converted pole position to victory at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as the Finn held back the 2017 world champion, despite multiple attack attempts, however the rest of the field couldn’t come near the Brackley outfit.
Bottas beat Hamilton to outright glory at Abu Dhabi, whilst Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished in a lonely third place, and was unable to make an impression on the leading duo, with his team-mate taking fourth place.
It was a tense race between the two Mercedes, as Hamilton inched ever close during various parts of the second stint, however Bottas was able to shrug the four-time world champion off, and crossed the line 3.8 seconds ahead of his Formula 1 team-mate.
There was more dismay at Red Bull, as the team incurred another DNF with Daniel Ricciardo after the first round of pit-stops, as a “hydraulic problem” forced the Australian into retirement.
Renault had reason to celebrate as Nico Hulkenberg’s sixth place was good enough for them to jump Toro Rosso to sixth place in the constructors’ championship, worth somewhere around $6 Million.
At his final race, Felipe Massa took the final points scoring position, despite getting mugged down the back straight with Fernando Alonso’s attack, and the Brazilian enjoyed celebration along the two Mercedes Formula 1 drivers.
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