Valtteri Bottas ended the 2017 Formula 1 season with a fantastic pole-to-flag victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the UAE
Bottas clinched his third career victory with the result, which was also his first time stepping onto the top of the podium at Yas Marina Circuit.
Bottas completed the 55-lap race in one hour 34 minutes 14.062 seonds.
Mercedes teammate and World champion Lewis Hamilton was his biggest threat, but Bottas did well to hold him off to enjoy a 3.899-second gap at the chequered flag. Following Hamilton was Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel in third place a distant 19.330s behind.
Further back was Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari 45.386s off the winner’s pace. Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing came fifth followed by Nico Hulkenberg of Renault in sixth.
The Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top eight.
Following the win, Bottas commented:
“There was a lot of pressure from Lewis from behind throughout the entire race. I knew that one proper mistake could have ruined it. I had to keep my head down and go lap by lap.
“I couldn’t be happier to end the season like this. Of course, it would have been nice to get the second place in the championship, but Sebastian had a good weekend as well. Looking at the overall season, I need to perform better; but I’m very pleased with how the end of the season has been going for me.
“I’m really happy to be part of the team that won the constructors’ championship. Mercedes has given me the opportunity to win a few races and claim a few pole positions, so I’m a really proud team member. However, I was hoping for an overall better result in the drivers’ point. I’ve learned a lot this season, so now I’m really looking forward to next year.
“This weekend shows that I can perform, I can be on pole and win races. So now I need to try and do it more often next year.”
Hamilton ends the championship with 363 points, with Vettel in second on 317 and Bottas with 305 in third.
The constructors’ standings ended with Mercedes on top with 668 points and Ferrari in second with 522. Red Bull Racing are third with 368 markers.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+46.269s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India||+92.062s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India||+98.911s|
|9||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||+1 lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams||+1 lap|
|11||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+1 lap|
|12||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||+1 lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+1 lap|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||+1 lap|
|15||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||+1 lap|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||+1 lap|
|17||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||+1 lap|
|18||Lance Stroll||Williams||+1 lap|
|NC||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||DNF|