Max Verstappen closes F1 season with processional win in Abu Dhabi

Max Verstappen drove each lap of what ended up being a processional competition to go too far 15.9 seconds in front of Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. 

Max Verstappen brought the shade down on the 2020 Formula One season with a lights-to-signal journey to triumph on Sunday in the year-finishing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

The Dutchman drove each lap of what ended up being a processional race in his Red Bull to go too far 15.9 seconds in front of Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton on a unique off day for the generally prevailing heroes. 

“It was truly charming out there today,” said Verstappen, who closes the season third behind Bottas in the general standings, in the wake of taking his tenth profession win and second this year. 

“We did fundamentally everything okay.” 

Mercedes, who have wrapped up a record seventh consecutive title twofold, had no response to the movement set by Verstappen’s Honda-controlled vehicle. 

Unbeaten in Abu Dhabi for a very long time, with Red Bull’s 2013 win in the Gulf Emirate the last time another group tasted triumph at Yas Marina, Mercedes were running their vehicles with their motors turned down because of unwavering quality concerns. 

That denied them the fulfillment of covering a prevailing season on a high, with the Brackley-based group closing down with 13 dominates from 17 races. 

“We thought race movement would be truly indistinguishable,” said Bottas, who was back on the platform unexpectedly since the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix toward the beginning of November. 

Verstappen’s triumph denied Hamilton a twelfth success of the period, which would have made 2020 his best year yet, with the Briton failing to have won in excess of 11 races in a solitary mission. 

However, the 35-year-old, actually battling from the eventual outcomes of COVID-19, was alleviated to just get past the race. 

“That was a truly hard race for me genuinely,” said Hamilton who wrapped up a record-equalling seventh title a month ago. 

“I’m simply happy it’s finished.” 

Alexander Albon, who faces a questionable future with Red Bull thinking about whether to hold him, placed in a strong drive to take fourth place. 

Lando Norris took fifth in front of Ferrari-bound McLaren colleague Carlos Sainz in 6th, permitting the Woking-based crew to update rivals Racing Point and secure third in the general constructors’ standings. 

Daniel Ricciardo was seventh on his Renault goodbye, the Australian closing down with the quickest lap of the race. Sebastian Vettel brought the drapery down on his Ferrari vocation by completing a lap down on Verstappen and behind Charles Leclerc in fourteenth. 

Sergio Perez, who turned into F1’s most current champ in Sakhir a weekend ago, was the lone loss of the race. 

Still without a drive one year from now, his Racing Point endured a deficiency of intensity only 10 laps into his swansong for the Silverstone-based group, which drew out the virtual wellbeing vehicle. 

The 30-year-old actually asserted fourth in the general standings. 

Kevin Magnussen, in what could be his last F1 trip, was eighteenth for U.S.- possessed Haas.