Valtteri Bottas won the final round of the 2017 Formula One World Championship in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The Finn secured pole position on Saturday ahead of teammate and current world champion, Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel rounded off the top three qualifying spots, just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and the second Scuderia of Kimi Raikkonen.
Bottas drove a very clean, consistent and well-deserved race after never looking back once he led from the start. It was his third victory of the season, so it was a good way to end the 2017 championship. The top-three order remained the same from the start with Vettel finishing off the podium places. Kimi Raikkonen was able to take fourth and Max Verstappen took another strong result in fifth.
Force India put on a good showing by managing to take seventh and eighth respectively which gave a nice haul of points. This gave them fourth overall in the constructor’s standings behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull which is an impressive result, to say the least. Fernando Alonso got himself into the top ten by taking ninth for McLaren Honda’s last race in Formula One as they move over to Renault for next season.
Felipe Massa took tenth spot in his final race of his Formula One career and eleventh in the championship standings. The Brazilian started his F1 career back in 2002 with Sauber, and some 15 years later walks away with plenty to be proud of. There were only two retirements in the race being Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo who suffered mechanical issues. We look forward to next season and the challenges it will bring, and hopefully a new champion!