Febrero 20, 2018

Valtteri Bottas Wins F1 Season-Ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

27 Noviembre 2017, 07:39 | Gervasio Siguenza

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Hamilton scored 363 to finish top in the final drivers standings ahead of Vettel on 317, Bottas on 305 and Raikkonen on 205.

After trailing Hamilton throughout practice in Abu Dhabi, Bottas was able to respond in qualifying and claim the fourth pole position of his F1 career, aided by a mistake by his teammate at the very end of the session.

"This moves us away from the perception of F1 being inaccessible and just about the cars and business".

In 2015, he won his third title with three races to go and team-mate Nico Rosberg beat him in all the remaining grands prix. "Congratulations to Lewis on winning the title, and congrats to Sebastian for finishing second". I think Lewis has been strong all weekend in sectors one and two but for sure I think also the slipstreaming can help in the long straights for sector two.

As far as the odds go, Hamilton is at the top of the future odds already with 7 to 5 odds, followed by Sebastian Vettel (3/1) and Max Verstappen (4/1).

But he did say he believed drivers could pit as early as Lap 15 or as late as Lap 30, so that does give options for teams running a shorter or longer first stint to get track position if they are stuck behind a slower car.

The four-time champion, who is out of contract at the end of 2018, is also due to hold further talks with the Mercedes' hierarchy over a new deal which could see him become Formula One's highest-paid driver on £45million-a-year.

"The energy has not been the same, even if I have approached the races the same. I knew we were close, but I didn't think we were that close, I just defended the line into Turn 2 and we got interlocked and I genuinely didn't mean to push him into he wall", he said. Fernando Alonso finished ninth for McLaren, one place ahead of his former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, who took a single point in his 269th and last grand prix before retiring. He had an accident in qualifying that happened after he has won the championship.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the second Ferrari ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Nico Hulkenberg for Renault, whose sixth-place finish assured Renault of sixth in the constructors championship ahead of Toro Rosso.

"He is somebody who is very diligent in progressing", Wolff said.

"No I don't think so". And where that comes from I don't know.

Nico Hulkenberg won the race for best-of-the-rest status.

"If I were to have a poll of the number of people I've met and discussed the mark since I have gotten here, many of them have gone years and years without understanding the invisible space between the left and the right is actually a '1'".

Bottas said: "It is a really important win for me". It looked like, you know, he was there (McLaughlin was past Lowndes) and to give us a 25 seconds penalty is pretty outrageous.

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