Max Verstappen claimed his second win of the season and the 10th of his profession on Sunday when he drove to a scientific victory for Pink Bull in a pedestrian season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Dutchman dominated from begin to end as he turned his third pole place into an illustration of pace, expertise and flawless technique to depart each Mercedes males properly overwhelmed behind him. It was the primary time he had claimed a lights-to-flag victory in Method One.
“What a method to shut a season – improbable mate,” stated his Pink Bull engineer on the finish on crew radio. “After such a busy yr, I believe everybody was a bit drained on the finish, however it’s superb,” he replied.
Verstappen eased house 15.976 seconds away from Valtteri Bottas, who at the least recovered some delight by taking second after his forlorn displaying on the Sakhir Grand Prix, and 18.415 forward of seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
On his return to motion after recovering from a bout of Covid-19, Hamilton struggled to make any influence as he battled by way of forward of Alex Albon, who completed fourth within the second Pink Bull, simply 1.5 seconds adrift of the out-of-sorts champion.
“You’ll be able to’t win all of them,” stated Hamilton. “And, contemplating the final couple of weeks that I’ve had I’m genuinely proud of the weekend, even I’m haven’t been 100 per cent.
“However, congratulations to Max. It was a tough race for me and I’m glad it is throughout. It is a improbable outcome anyway to get two podium finishes.”
Mercedes team-mate Bottas stated: “The Pink Bull was too fast as we speak. We couldn’t get close to them and couldn’t sustain with them, but it surely was a strong race from my facet.”
Lando Norris got here house fifth forward of his Ferrari-bound McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz, a strong displaying by the precocious pairing that secured third place within the constructors’ championship on a day once they introduced an American consortium is shopping for a serious stake within the crew.
Daniel Ricciardo, in his final race for Renault earlier than changing Sainz at McLaren, was seventh forward of Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon within the second Renault and Lance Stroll of Racing Level.
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