YAS ISLAND, Abu Dhabi — Pink Bull driver Max Verstappen received the period-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant model on Sunday for his second victory of the year and 10th of his profession.
He completed 16 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 18.4 distinct of world winner Lewis Hamilton as Red Bull savored a unusual and major accomplishment over equally Mercedes cars. Alexander Albon concluded a fantastic race for Purple Bull by finishing fourth ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.
McLaren’s garage cheered wildly following clinching 3rd position in the constructors’ championship ahead of Racing Issue.
The 23-calendar year-old Verstappen had clinched a amazing pole situation on Saturday, and created a superior start out although Bottas comfortably held off Hamilton. The world champion appeared off sort and started to drift back again soon after a number of laps, and was practically caught by Albon on the very last two laps.
The race was briefly held up when the safety vehicle arrived out after Sergio Perez’s Racing Stage pulled to the aspect of the monitor with motor failure on Lap 10. When it restarted a handful of laps later on, Verstappen received away from Bottas cleanly and posted the speediest lap for the next time in 15 laps.
Halfway as a result of the 55-lap race at the Yas Marina circuit, Verstappen appeared comfy as he led Bottas by about six seconds and Hamilton by 9 and then enhanced the gap underneath the floodlights.
Hamilton received 11 races from the 16 he entered but missed past Sunday’s Sakhir GP in Bahrain as he recovered from the coronavirus. This denied the seven-time F1 champion the opportunity to equal Sebastian Vettel’s solitary-period document of 13 wins, established with Pink Bull in 2013.
Hamilton stated on Saturday that he is however experience side outcomes, such as diminished vitality levels and some fat loss.
Several motorists were being competing for the final time for their groups and potentially in F1.
Perez drove brilliantly to win the Sakhir GP in Bahrain previous Sunday but has no seat next year, and his race ended in disappointment with his father wringing his arms as he watched from the team garage. Despite the disappointing complete, he secured fourth in the drivers’ championship.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen is also out of F1 now and the Dane was 18th.
Vettel’s very last race for Ferrari saw him down in 14th. The 4-time F1 winner is changing Perez at Racing Issue when it will become Aston Martin future yr.
McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr., who will substitute Vettel at Ferrari upcoming year, concluded sixth, whilst Daniel Ricciardo — who will substitute him at McLaren in 2021 — crossed seventh and clocked the swiftest lap in his final for Renault.