F1 GP Abu Dhabi results, Verstappen’s victory accompanies the end of an era

KOMPAS.comMax Verstappen be a winner on Formula 1 GP Abu Dhabi, Sunday (13/12/2020) evening WIB, which will be the closing season of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship.

This is Max Verstappen’s 10th victory in his Formula 1 career.

Verstappen’s victory cut off Mercedes’ streak of six wins on the 5.554 kilometer circuit since 2014.

This result feels special for Verstappen because he has never previously led a single lap at the Yas Marina Circuit.

However, he now leads the 55-lap race from start to finish.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is ​​also a venue for McLaren and Racing Point to compete for third place in the final constructors’ standings.

McLaren finally outperformed Racing Point by taking 202 points from the fifth and sixth place finishes by Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz.

Trek Yas Marina witnessed the end of the Formula 1 World Championship season which went far from normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result of the pandemic, the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship will only have 17 out of 22 scheduled.

However, the success of running 14 circuits in the midst of a global health crisis is testament to the hard work of Formula 1 boss Chase Carey and everyone in the organization.

Carey has been Formula 1 CEO since Liberty Media took over the sport in 2017. He replaces legendary F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

This Abu Dhabi GP is the end of Carey’s journey, who will retire and be replaced by former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali.

“Formula 1 made an extraordinary effort so that we can race this season,” Lewis Hamilton said before the race rolled on.

This race can be said to be a compilation of the end of an era.

This race is Sebastian Vettel’s last race for Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo for Renault, Carlos Sainz for McLaren.

The current race also has the potential to be the last F1 race for Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Danii Kvyat (Alpha-Tauri).

This is also the last season the name Renault will race in Formula 1.

Next season, they will undergo a rebranding as the Alpine F1 Team using the red, white and blue livery according to the colors of the French flag.

Ricciardo made a beautiful farewell who recorded the fastest lap of the race on his last lap.

The Ferrari mechanics and crew gave Seb Vettel the guard of honor when the German driver’s SF-1000 Ferrari pulled out of the paddock.

The road of racing

Starts are colored without incident. Valtteri Bottas was again struggling in the early corners of the race.

Max Verstappen also managed to defend first place from pole position entering the second lap, the first time in his career he has led a race at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Entering the eighth lap, Verstappen widened the lead to 2.7 seconds over Bottas. Meanwhile, Hamilton was not far behind.

The three riders began to find their distance from Alex Albon ( Red Bull) in the fourth rank.

Virtual Safety Car then came out on lap 10 after Sergio Perez (Racing Point) car suffered mechanical damage with the car’s engine immediately shutting down.

The riders also entered the pits, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valetteri Bottas, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, and Carlos Sainz were some of the riders who entered the middle of the VSC.

Mercedes this time did a pit stop double stack perfect after they tucked in George Russell last weekend.

Two laps later, the VSC was upgraded to a Safety Car because Perez’s car stopped at the edge of the track.

The Safety Car entered at the end of lap 13 and the race started again.

Vettel was then involved in a duel with his future successor at Ferrari, Carlos Sainz, on lap 17.

In the end, Sainz was able to pass Vettel with DRS and climbed to seventh place.

The exciting competition in this race involves the Racing Point and McLaren riders who are fighting for third place in the standings.

However, Sainz was examined by the stewards after he allegedly slowed the car too much in the pitlane for his team to do double stack.

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari finally entered the pit on lap 23 to change tires. This stop made him drop to the last rank.

Even so, Leclerc has climbed to the 15th position entering the 31st lap.

Vettel then returned to the pits, most recently with Ferrari, on lap 36 to replace tires with Medium. He returned to the track in 15th position.

Meanwhile, Verstappen was still safe in front by opening a 7.8 second advantage from Bottas entering lap 41.

Bottas himself was 4 seconds ahead of Hamilton in third place.

Charles Leclerc then got the black and white flag after he crossed the line boundaries.

The rest of the race went on without incident.

Max Verstappen also crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

Alex Albon finished fourth followed by two McLaren, Norris and Sainz.

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