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Stoffel Vandoorne’s “rally” car, as he put it, was the result of the a large piece of tape that was stuck in the diffuser.
That was a pretty ugly end to a season that promised so much…and we’re not just talking about the race in Abu Dhabi.
Despite holding off Lewis Hamilton to win in Abu Dhabi, Valtteri Bottas remains Mercedes number two – at least according to the bookies.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has played down the team’s dominant win in Abu Dhabi as plans for the 2018 season continued at the Yas Marina circuit.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix track designer Hermann Tilke has said discussions are already underway to make a change to the circuit which could help with overtaking.
Force India are incensed over Nico Hulkenberg’s lack of penalty, at least as they see it, in Abu Dhabi, saying he was “rewarded” for passing Sergio Perez off the track.
Despite receiving a “fair beating” in the season finale in Abu Dhabi and failing to win the titles, Sebastian Vettel is adamant there are positives to be taken from Ferrari’s 2017 campaign.
The Yas Marina circuit may be a “great track” but Lewis Hamilton says it “doesn’t suit” Formula 1 cars after failing to overtake Valtteri Bottas on Sunday.
Pierre Gasly acknowledges it was a disappointing end to the season for Toro Rosso as they lost sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship to Renault at the final race.
Nico Hulkenberg believes his five-second penalty was a just punishment for passing Sergio Perez off the track in Abu Dhabi.
Stoffel Vandoorne reckons early damage to his MCL32 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday left him driving what felt like a “rally car.”
Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel look back on the 2017 season and ahead to next year’s campaign.
Valtteri Bottas wrapped up the 2017 season with a race win in Abu Dhabi as he beat Lewis Hamilton, however, it wasn’t enough to secure him second place in the championship as Sebastian Vettel was P3 on the day.
Valtteri Bottas has said the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory was a “really important win” for him after he held off Lewis Hamilton in the season finale.
As the 2017 F1 season drew to a close with a whimper so too did Ferrari’s campaign with Sebastian Vettel a distant P3 in Abu Dhabi, but it was enough to ensure he finished runner-up in the championship.
The 2017 Abu Dhabi GP won’t live long in the memory of F1 fans and Lewis Hamilton admitted after the race that “they’ve got to change the track”.
Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer was incensed with the five-second penalty given to Nico Hulkenberg, saying it “makes a mockery of the sport”.
Max Verstappen was less than complimentary about the final race of the 2017 season after he claimed a rather uneventful fifth spot.
The sun has now set on the 2017 season with Valtteri Bottas taking the last race win of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here’s how the finale unfolded.
Daniel Ricciardo has said it was “no big deal” losing out on fourth spot in the World Championship to Kimi Raikkonen as the Finn should have done it ages ago.
Kimi Raikkonen has said he was forced to save fuel from the outset and throughout the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he limped home a distant P4 in the season finale.
Sergio Perez has said Nico Hulkenberg “should have given the position back” after an illegal overtake was punished by just a five-second penalty.
Felipe Massa has thanked his family and fans after marking his final Formula 1 appearance with a points-finish in Abu Dhabi.
Lance Stroll cut a lonely figure in Abu Dhabi as he limped home in last place in the season finale at the Yas Marina circuit.
Valtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton for victory in the season finale; Daniel Ricciardo suffers third DNF in four races.
Nico Hulkenberg clinched P6 in controversial circumstances, while Felipe Massa secured the final point on offer in his last-ever Formula 1 race.
Both Toro Rosso cars were able to finish the race, but the race’s backmarkers were beaten to sixth place in Constructors’ Championship with Haas also missing out.
Brendon Hartley stands alone as the only driver penalised on the Abu Dhabi grid, his fourth penalty in as many races.
Nico Hulkenberg is hoping to finish Sunday’s Abu Dhabi GP where he starts it, P7, as that would give Renault a good chance of finishing sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas is joined by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in the post-qualifying press conference in Abu Dhabi.