Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

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    Formula One gears up for one final dance in 2017, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix set to see the curtain fall on yet another season. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 12am AEDT.

    Both championships have already been decided, with Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes AMG team collecting the silverware, though Abu Dhabi represents one final chance to regain pride for some.

    There will be 55 laps available for the likes of Ferrari, Red Bull, or Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas to claim top honours.

    Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel share three wins apiece in Abu Dhabi, with the last three events having been won by the Silver Arrows. Ferrari meanwhile have yet to win here, whilst their driver Kimi Räikkönen is the only other winner amidst the field.

    Abu Dhabi’s track in question is the technical 5.5km Yas Marina circuit, situated on the manmade colossus that is Yas Island. This race is unique to Formula One in that it is started in the twilight and finishes in the darkness.

    Bottas for the first time in his career finds himself on pole position for consecutive races, heading off his teammate Hamilton.

    Championship runner-up in Vettel qualified third, being unable to challenge the mighty Mercs. The German leads Daniel Ricciardo on the second row, who was able to split the Ferraris.

    There are critical battles to look out for in the mid-field however, with 6-points separating Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas in the constructor’s championship for sixth position.

    In the driver’s standings, Felipe Massa in his final grand prix finds himself fighting to keep tenth place with Williams teammate Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg.

    It is the final race also for Toro Rosso and Renault as partners, as with McLaren and Honda – with the two teams swapping engine suppliers in 2018.

    For Renault crucially, Hulkenberg will start from seventh, whilst Fernando Alonso in the McLaren will have the familiar company of Carlos Sainz, starting just outside the top ten.

    Can Bottas then hold off the challenge of Hamilton and the Ferraris to win his third race of the season? Or will the experienced hands of Vettel and 2017 world champion end up ahead?

    Tune in on The Roar for live blog coverage of the Abu Dhabi finale from 12am AEDT, as we get set to farewell another season of Formula One.

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    • Roar Guru

      2:14am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 2:14am | ! Report

      Well that about wraps up the Formula One live blog coverage on The Roar for 2017. Thank you all so much for joining me throughout the year and it was a great pleasure as always blogging each grand prix.

      Formula One has revealed it’s new logo for 2018 and the anticipation for the new year itself is building. I’ll be back in March for the curtain raiser from here in Melbourne, but until then – I hope everyone has a great summer!

      Ciao.

    • Roar Guru

      2:11am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 2:11am | ! Report

      ——– DRIVER’S ——–

      363 – Lewis Hamilton
      317 – Sebastian Vettel
      305 – Valtteri Bottas
      205 – Kimi Räikkönen
      200 – Daniel Ricciardo
      168 – Max Verstappen
      100 – Sergio Perez
      87 — Esteban Ocon
      54 — Carlos Sainz
      43 — Nico Hulkenberg
      43 — Felipe Massa
      40 — Lance Stroll
      28 — Romain Grosjean
      19 — Kevin Magnussen
      17 — Fernando Alonso
      13 — Stoffel Vandoorne
      8 — Jolyon Palmer
      5 — Pascal Wehrlein
      5 — Daniil Kvyat
      0 — Marcus Ericsson
      0 — Antonio Giovinazzi
      0 — Jenson Button

    • Roar Guru

      2:10am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 2:10am | ! Report

      —– CONSTRUCTOR’S —–

      668 – Mercedes AMG
      522 – Scuderia Ferrari
      368 – Red Bull Racing
      187 – Force India Mercedes
      83 — Williams Mercedes
      57 — Renault Sport
      53 — Scuderia Toro Rosso
      47 — Haas Ferrari
      30 — McLaren Honda
      5 — Sauber Ferrari

    • Roar Guru

      2:10am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 2:10am | ! Report

      RACE REPORT

      The 2017 Formula One season at last came to an end, with Valtteri Bottas claiming his third win of the season, taking victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

      A clinical drive from the Finn from pole position, with a regulation one-stop strategy, saw the dominant victory achieved – as second for Lewis Hamilton completed a one-two finish for Mercedes AMG.

      There was no answer to the Silver Arrows’ pace all weekend from Ferrari, as Sebastian Vettel had to contend with a lonely third and Kimi Räikkönen elevated into fourth.

      Daniel Ricciardo had occupied fourth initially, though was forced onto the sidelines with a hydraulics failure on his Red Bull. Bookended by retirements, the Aussie’s season is made poorer now that he drops to fifth in the driver’s standings – with Räikkönen assuming fourth.

      The sister Red Bull car of Max Verstappen struggled all weekend, unable to find balance in the RB13. A lonely fifth was all that the Dutchman was able to muster.

      Renault usurped Toro Rosso for sixth in the constructor’s standings too, with a sixth-place finish from Nico Hulkenberg securing the crucial placing for the French manufacturer. Carlos Sainz was in contention for the points also, though a pit-stop fumble saw the Spaniard retire from the race – with a wheel coming loose.

      Another double-points finish for Force India capped a stellar season where fourth in the constructor’s standings was attained, with Sergio Perez leading Esteban Ocon across the line in seventh and eighth.

      Fernando Alonso was ninth to score points in McLaren’s final race with Honda as their engine supplier, whilst Felipe Massa in his final grand prix was tenth for Williams – signing off from the sport on a high.

      There was no such luck for the Sauber drivers in Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, who both face certainty over
      their futures in the sport. Fourteenth and seventeenth were all that could be managed from the Saubers.

    • Roar Guru

      1:58am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 1:58am | ! Report

      STANDBY FOR RACE REPORT AND FINAL 2017 STANDINGS

    • Roar Guru

      1:56am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 1:56am | ! Report

      PODIUM INTERVIEWS – Hosted by Martin Brundle & David Coulthard:

      BOTTAS – “It is a really important win for me.” “Couldn’t be happier to end the season like this.”

      HAMILTON – “Big, big congratulations to Valtteri.” “I gave it everything.”

      VETTEL – “I had nowhere to go and I couldn’t go any faster.” “We had stronger pace in the second part of the race.”

    • Roar Guru

      1:41am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 1:41am | ! Report

      RESULTS FROM THE 55-LAP ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

      1 V. Bottas
      2 L. Hamilton
      3 S. Vettel
      4 K. Räikkönen
      5 M. Verstappen
      6 N. Hulkenberg
      7 S. Perez
      8 E. Ocon
      9 F. Alonso
      10 F. Massa
      11 R. Grosjean
      12 S. Vandoorne
      13 K. Magnussen
      14 P. Wehrlein
      15 B. Hartley
      16 P. Gasly
      17 M. Ericsson
      18 L. Stroll
      RET C. Sainz
      RET D. Ricciardo

    • Roar Guru

      1:38am
      Jawad Yaqub said | 1:38am | ! Report

      VALTTERI BOTTAS WINS THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX!

      LEWIS HAMILTON completes the one-two finish for Mercedes AMG.

      And 2017 runner up in SEBASTIAN VETTEL scores one last podium in third.

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