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F1: Valtteri Bottas wins final race of the season in Abu Dhabi

Mon, Nov 27, 1:32pm by Head Editor

The Formula One season has drawn to a close in Abu Dhabi and just as we saw all season long, Mercedes dominated, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finishing in first and second place respectively.

Starting in pole position, Bottas beat his teammate home by 3.8 seconds, but the second-place finish didn’t worry Hamilton, who had already secured his fourth drivers’ championship, four weeks ago in Mexico.

The news wasn’t as good for Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was forced to retire after 35 laps after a tyre on his Red Bull suffered a puncture.

Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel finished 19 second behind Hamilton, in third place, which ensured he finished second in the drivers’ championship, just eight points ahead of Bottas.

Mercedes ran away with the constructor’s championship, by 146 points, while Ferrari was in second place, thanks to four wins from Vettel. Renault move up to sixth place in the standings, after Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth in the Capital of the United Arab Emirates.

There was very little to get excited about during the last race of the season as the notoriously boring Yas Marina Circuit track lived up to its name. As has been the case over the last two years, it is very difficult to make passing moves, so there was little or no drama.

So bland has the race become that freshly crowned Champion Lewis Hamilton called for changes to be made to the track, which he says will make the race more enjoyable for drivers and fans alike.

As you’d expect, Hamilton is a $2.50 top pick to defend his title next year, Vettel is on the second line of betting, at $4, ahead of Verstappen ($4.50) and Ricciardo ($7).

The first race of next season will be in Melbourne on March 25, while fans in France and Germany will be excited, with Le Castellet and Hockenheim once again hosting races.

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