Max Verstappen produced a flawless show to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which closes the season on Sunday.
The Red Bull driver led from start to finish in the race, finishing Mercedes’ victory in six consecutive races in the Yas Marina Circuit region.
Verstappen’s Clean Lead
The 23-year-old caught and led over Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton easily, while the Mercedes duo starting and finishing in second and third respectively.
The victory was Verstappen’s second win of the season and 10th in his career so far.
“It was really fun out there today. We did it all right. When you start forward, you can control the speed and make things a little easier,” he said after the race.
“I’ll enjoy the podium and enjoy going home.”
Verstappen teammate Alexander Albon finished in fourth place despite rising pressure behind Hamilton.
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It was a great unfortunate ending to what had been a season unlike any other.
Like many games, F1 was postponed in early 2020 as the world was closed due to the epidemic. It finally restarted with a set program of 17 competitions.
Hamilton was once again the star of this year, winning the seventh job title, but the British could not finish the season in style.
The 35-year-old said he was struggling with the results after Covid-19, who competed in the race, but was able to hold on to the 55-goal mark.
“You can’t win them all,” he said after the race.
“Looking at the last few weeks I’ve had, I’m very happy with how the weekend went, maybe not as much as we would have liked, but congratulations to Max.
“That was a very difficult race for me physically. For a whole year physically I was healthy but today I was not.”
Perhaps the only excitement in this race came after the fast cars with McLaren and Racing Point bidding to finish third in the builders’ competition.
The latter started the race with 10 points earlier but suffered defeat after Sergio Perez was forced to retire early.
McLaren’s Carlos Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz went on to finish fifth and sixth in third place – the team’s best finish since 2012.
Teams will not have too long to wait until they are back on track for just 96 days before the start of the new season.