Bottas Wins F1 Season Finale

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As the sun set and the lights illuminated the Yas Marina circuit, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas held off teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and close out the 2017 Formula One season. Bottas, who took pole on Saturday, avoided giving up the lead as he did in Brazil and led all 55 laps around the 5.5 km circuit.

It wasn’t the most exciting race of the season, but Hamilton got the crowd excited as closed the gap and filled the mirrors of his Finnish teammate with just a few laps to go. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished in a distant third, some 15 seconds off the race pace. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was the first retirement of the race, ending his season prematurely on lap 21 after a suspected power steering failure.

Yas Marina Circuit is a purpose-built circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which saw its first race in November 2009. The 21-turn track is built on Yas Island and weaves its way around the marina and Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel.

The best battle during the race happened in the midfield, as Felipe Massa held off Romain Grosjean in his final race of his Formula One career. After the race, Massa joined the Mercedes drivers in doing donuts on his slow-down lap.

The 2018 Formula One season will start back up in Melbourne, Australia, in mid-March.