Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - One place confirmed and one gained

26 Nov 2017

Seb consolidates 2nd place and Kimi up to 4th as the title fight ends

Yas Marina – Thanks to a third place in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel made sure of finishing second in the 2017 World Championship, while Kimi Raikkonen’s fourth place finish sees him jump ahead of Ricciardo to take fourth spot in the classification. Scuderia Ferrari has racked up its biggest points score in one season, with 522 to its name.
However, the Abu Dhabi race was not exactly a thriller. The positions remained the same after the start, even if there were a few duels and Kimi made sure Ricciardo knew he was right behind him. Nothing much changed over the following laps, as Yas Marina is not a great venue for overtaking. The run of pit stops began on lap 15, it being the best way to make up ground in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen kicked it off, with Ferrari “covering” the move, bringing in Kimi, who was in front of Max, on the following lap. A switch to the Supersofts and a change of wing angle, all in just over 2 seconds: the strategy worked and the Iceman maintained station.
Ricciardo brought his Red Bull in on lap 20 and Ferrari got ready in pit lane for Seb, who was ahead of Daniel. The move worked well, but, anyway, Ricciardo had to retire immediately afterwards. The two Ferraris were therefore in third and fourth places, at the moment that Bottas pitted. When Hamilton also came in for the red-banded tyres, that was it for the run of pit stops for the leaders.
After that, unfortunately for the fans, nothing much happened apart from Sebastian putting in a fastest lap on lap 50, while Kimi fended off Verstappen. “Thanks to you all, really,” was Seb’s radio message. Farewell then to 2018.

Maurizio comments about the race
Sebastian comments about the race
Kimi comments about the race


Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Time/Retired

1

Valtteri
Bottas

Mercedes

55

1:34:14.062

2

Lewis
Hamilton

Mercedes

55

+3.899s

3

Sebastian
Vettel

Ferrari

55

+19.330s

4

Kimi
Räikkönen

Ferrari

55

+45.386s

5

Max
Verstappen

Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer

55

+46.269s

6

Nico
Hulkenberg

Renault

55

+85.713s

7

Sergio
Perez

Force India Mercedes

55

+92.062s

8

Esteban
Ocon

Force India Mercedes

55

+98.911s

9

Fernando
Alonso

McLaren Honda

54

+1 lap

10

Felipe
Massa

Williams Mercedes

54

+1 lap

11

Romain
Grosjean

Haas Ferrari

54

+1 lap

12

Stoffel
Vandoorne

McLaren Honda

54

+1 lap

13

Kevin
Magnussen

Haas Ferrari

54

+1 lap

14

Pascal
Wehrlein

Sauber Ferrari

54

+1 lap

15

Brendon
Hartley

Toro Rosso

54

+1 lap

16

Pierre
Gasly

Toro Rosso

54

+1 lap

17

Marcus
Ericsson

Sauber Ferrari

54

+1 lap

18

Lance
Stroll

Williams Mercedes

54

+1 lap

NC

Carlos
Sainz

Renault

31

DNF

NC

Daniel
Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer

20

DNF

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