For the final race of the 2020 season, F1 is headed to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi!
Last Race at the Track: 1st December 2019, won by Lewis Hamilton.
Key Features of the Circuit:
The F1 finale has been held at this track almost every year since the circuit was established
GREAT for overtaking
The tricky turns of 15,16, and 17 should make for some interesting racing
Formula 1’s first-ever night race was held at this track in 2009
After receiving a negative COVID test result and completing a 10-day quarantine, Lewis Hamilton is expected to be back in his Mercedes. This means that Russell must return to Williams, and Jack Aitken (Williams reserve driver) must sit this one out
To those who may not remember, Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes’ reserve driver has notoriously been pushed aside in favor of other drivers. Aitken’s tweet was a (rather late ) reply to this tweet.
Hamilton would’ve taken P1, but had his lap time deleted for track limits infractions, as did Verstappen.
Nevertheless, the two Mercedes came P1 & P2, followed by Verstappen in 3rd and Albon in 4th.
Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo caught fire and brought out the red flags for 10 minutes after mechanical failures. Russell’s car was flaming as well- both drivers may face penalties for the same.
Verstappen takes the lead in the final Practice Session of the 2020 season, 0.501s faster than his teammate, who came in 2nd place. Following the Red Bulls were Danny Ric and Ocon in 3rd and 4th respectively.
Neither Mercedes made it into the top 5- Hamilton followed Norris in P6 and Bottas in P9
Verstappen got his first pole position this season in the last race of 2020. Bottas will start second, coming excruciatingly close to (0.025s!!!) Verstappen’s lap time, followed by Hamilton, who was 0.061s behind his teammate.
In P4 is McLaren’s Lando Norris, matching his career-best qualifying result that he achieved at the start of this season.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us for the final race of the season tomorrow!!!
Last time’s race winner Sergio Perez is the first retirement of today’s race. He pulled over on the 10th lap due to a sudden loss of power. What an anti-climatic end to the Mexican’s 2020 season
To add insult to injury, he is currently out of a seat for next year, meaning that today could’ve been his last F1 race for a while
Yellow flags and the virtual safety car were deployed.
MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE ABU DHABI GP!!! His second win of the season, the Dutch driver led every single lap of the race today. He also won Driver of the Day! Congratulations Max
Following Verstappen come the Constructors’ Champions, the two Mercedes. In celebration of their 7th consecutive Constuctors’ win, Bottas and Hamilton performed donuts after the race, as is their tradition. Bottas finished P2 while Hamilton finished P3.
Coming in P4 was Red Bull’s Alex Albon, only 1.5s off of Hamilton. McLaren’s Norris and Sainz took P5 & P6 respectively, securing their place as 3rd in the Constructors’ Championship.
The 2021 season is set to start in exactly 96 days- a very short off-season for the drivers. Kvyat, Hamilton, and Albon’s seats remain unfilled.
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