Valtteri Bottas holds off Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi GP
Abu Dhabi: Valtteri Bottas survived a number of laps of high-speed stress from his Mercedes team-mate and world champion Lewis Hamilton to say a memorable victory in Sunday`s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 28-year-old Finn, who began from pole place, led from the lights to the flag other than a spell following his first pit cease when the four-time champion Briton was in management.
It was his third profession victory, all of them recorded since he joined Mercedes to companion the 32-year-old Briton in January following the sudden exit of 2016 champion German Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton got here house a cushty second, 4 seconds behind Bottas, having eased off within the closing laps after abandoning his bid to move him within the turbulent air created when following shut to a different automotive.
4-time champion Sebastian Vettel completed a lonely third for Ferrari, as the 2 Mercedes males delivered celebratory `doughnuts` for the group. It was Vettel`s 99th profession podium and his 13th of the season.
Finn Kimi Raikkonen was fourth within the second Ferrari forward of Dutchman Max Verstappen of Purple Bull and German Nico Hulkenberg for Renault, whose sixth-place end assured Renault of sixth place within the constructors` championship forward of Toro Rosso.
Mexican Sergio Perez got here house seventh forward of his Power India team-mate Frenchman Esteban Ocon, two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of McLaren Honda and retirement-bound Brazilian Felipe Massa, in his final F1 race, for Williams.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who was fourth on the grid, failed to complete after retiring his Purple Bull for the third time in 4 outings. He had a hydraulics downside.
“Such a great automotive at the moment so thanks for that and the season – it`s a really good option to finish it,” mentioned Bottas to his crew.
Hamilton was sad with the tight monitor.
“It`s inconceivable to move right here man!” he mentioned within the pre-podium room. “I used to be like — the place are all of the back-markers… They`ve acquired to vary this monitor.”
Hamilton ended his season having scored factors in each race.