Max Verstappen Wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Ahead Of Bottas & Hamilton

Max Verstappen looked comfortable throughout the grand prix and had pace in hand over the two Mercedes.

Max Verstappen has won the 2020 F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi after leading every lap of the grand prix ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

The top three finished the fairly dull race as they qualified, but there were several important changes outside the podium places.

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After qualifying in P5, Alex Albon finished the race in fourth position, albeit around 20 seconds behind his Red Bull team-mate despite a safety car allowing the field to bunch up in the early phase of the grand prix.

Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz crossed the finish line in fifth and sixth, respectively, allowing McLaren to steal third in the Constructors’ Championship from Racing Point.

Daniel Ricciardo had an impressive opening stint and benefitted from Sebastian Vettel holding up a gaggle of cars to finish the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in P7, ahead of Pierre Gasly.

Esteban Ocon overtook Lance Stroll on the last lap to finish ninth.

Stroll had a difficult race – and with Sergio Perez retiring early in the grand prix due to a mechanical failure – Racing Point were relying on the young Canadian to secure enough points to fend off McLaren and Renault in their battle for third in the Constructors’ Standings.

Daniil Kvyat finished just outside the points in what looks like his last race in Formula One, while Sebastian Vettel could only manage P14 in his final grand prix with Scuderia Ferrari.

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