Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) prevailed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, last date of the 2017 championship of the F1. The Nordic, who this year also won in Russia and Austria, was escorted by his English partner Lewis Hamilton and the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).
Bottas successfully defended the pole position achieved on Saturday at the Yas Marina circuit and led 52 of the 55 laps of the event (the rest were scored by Hamilton). However, the victory was not enough to win Vettel the runner-up.
"It is a really important victory for me", Bottas said. "I couldn't have had a better season finale with pole position and victory in the same weekend."said the Finn, who two weeks ago lost first position to Vettel in Brazil after taking pole.
Bottas congratulated both Hamilton and Vettel, although he cautioned: "I hope that next year I can finish higher than third place."
Hamilton, meanwhile, thanked his team and his fans after a season in which he achieved his fourth crown in the specialty. “Thanks to the team for all this hard work. It has been an honor to be part of this team. It's been an incredible year and I'm already waiting for the 2018 start lights to come on. "He said.
Vettel, for his part, acknowledged that Hamilton was a deserved champion. “Lewis has deserved the championship this year. I hate to say this, but it was the best. "
This race also marked the farewell to Formula 1 of the Brazilian Felipe Massa, who finished tenth with his Williams. The 36-year-old driver had already announced his retirement at the end of 2016, but he finally continued for another year before Bottas left for Mercedes, where he replaced the German. Nico Rosberg upon retirement.
Massa leaves the category after 16 seasons in teams like Sauber, Ferrari, and Williams, highlighting the runner-up he achieved in 2008 with the Italian team.
The 2018 season will start on March 25 in Australia and promises several new features, including the Halo cockpit protection system.
CLASSIFICATION (55 LAPS)
1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes), 1h34m14s062
2. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes) at 3s899
3. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) at 19s330
4. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 45s386
5. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) at 46s269
6. Nico Hulkenberg (ALE / Renault) at 1m25s713
7. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India-Mercedes) at 1m32s062
8. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India-Mercedes) at 1m38s911
9. Fernando Alonso (ESP / McLaren-Honda) to 1 round.
10. Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes) 1 round.
AVERAGE: 194,423 km / h. LAP RECORD: Bottas (52nd) in 1m40s650 / 1000 at 198,653 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Hamilton, 363 points; 2) Vettel, 317; 3) Bottas, 305; 4) Raikkönen, 205; 5) Ricciardo, 200; 6) Verstappen, 168; 7) Pérez, 100; 8) Ocon, 87; 9) Sainz, 54; 10) Hulkenberg, 43. BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 668 points; 2) Ferrari, 522; 3) Red Bull TAG Heuer, 368.