Valtteri Bottas wins the #AbuDhabiGP ahead of Lewis Hamilton & Sebastian Vettel

November 26, 2017 5:55 pm

World champion Lewis Hamilton fell short in his quest to end his title-winning campaign on top after Valtteri Bottas won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Bottas led virtually every lap under the thousands of floodlights at the Yas Marina circuit to record his first victory since Austria in July and his third of the campaign. Hamilton tried his very best to find a way past his Mercedes team-mate, but Bottas held firm to take the chequered flag nearly four seconds clear, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a distant third. Hamilton cemented his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats in Mexico last month by joining an elite band of drivers to have won the world championship on more than three occasions. The 32-year-old Briton vowed to end the season with a bang, but after finishing ninth in Mexico, recovering from last to fourth a fortnight ago in Brazil, and a second-placed finish here, he will start the defence of his championship off the back of a three-race winless streak.

Final Positions after Race (55 Laps):

1 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1hr 34mins 14.063secs
2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:34:17.962
3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:34:33.393
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:34:59.449
5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:35:00.332
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:35:39.776
7 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:35:46.125
8 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:35:52.974
9 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren at 1 Lap
10 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams at 1 Lap
11 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 at 1 Lap
12 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren at 1 Lap
13 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 at 1 Lap
14 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber-Ferrari at 1 Lap
15 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 Lap
16 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 Lap
17 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari at 1 Lap
18 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams at 1 Lap
Not Classified:
19 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 31 Laps completed
20 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 20 Laps completed

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