Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the last race of that 2020 Formula season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday – the Dutchman’s second victory of the season and 10th of his career.
An imperious display from Max Verstappen saw him breeze to his second victory of 2020 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale, leading home the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who had no answer to the Red Bull’s pace around the Yas Marina Circuit.
With Mercedes having taken every pole and race win in Abu Dhabi since 2014, Verstappen reversed that trend with pole on Saturday, before converting it with a dominant performance under the floodlights, as he led home Bottas by 15 seconds, with Hamilton coming home just behind his team mate on his first race back since contracting and recovering from Covid-19.
Verstappen’s team mate Alex Albon supported Red Bull’s cause by coming home P4, although having lacked the pace to really challenge the Mercedes in front of him.
Last week’s race winner in Bahrain Sergio Perez, retired with a suspected transmission problem on Lap 10 of the race.
Verstappen tweeted on his personal Twitter handle: “P1, YES BOYS 💪 A simply lovely race 🏆 🍾 This was the perfect way to end the 2020 championship. Thanks a lot, @redbullracing and @HondaRacingF1, and of course all fans 🙌 #AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 .”
Finnish man, Bottas, said of the race and his second position feat: “Red Bull were too quick today. We thought our race pace would be identical. I was trying everything I could but I couldn’t keep up with [Max]. I feel like it was a solid race for me today.”
Hamilton said was contented with his third-place finish.
“Considering the past couple of weeks I’ve had, I’m generally happy with how the weekend went, maybe not as good as perhaps what we would have liked, but congratulations to Max,” the Briton said.
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