2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
|2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
|Race 20 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||26 November 2017|
|Official name||2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
|Location||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.554 km (3.451 mi)|
|Distance||55 laps, 305.355 km (189.738 mi)|
|Time||1:40.650 on lap 52|
The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (formally known as the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 26 November 2017 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The race was the final round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the ninth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the ninth time that the race has been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas controlled the pace throughout the race to win from pole position. Lewis Hamilton finished in close second place, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo retired due to mechanical failure, which was significant in facilitating fourth place for Kimi Räikkönen in the Driver's Championship.
With both championships and the top places almost settled, the final race of the season will settle an intense three-way battle for sixth place between constructors Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas. Toro Rosso was ahead by 4 points, but running with two recently-signed drivers who are yet to score a point. Renault was then 2 points ahead of Haas. Also, fourth place in the Drivers Championship is unsettled, contested by Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Räikkönen. Ricciardo is 7 points ahead of Räikkönen. The race will also settle numerous intra-team battles.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at sunset, leading to great changes in track and air temperature. Free Practices One and Three are in afternoon heat, whereas Free Practice Two, qualifying and the race begin in the slightly cooler evening. The temperatures further evolve through the race, as it lasts two hours and spans the sunset.
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap time in FP1 for Ferrari, just over a tenth of a second faster than Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in second, with Max Verstappen close behind in his Red Bull. Hamilton bettered Vettel's fastest lap time in FP2, followed by Ricciardo's Red Bull. Hamilton retained the fastest lap time in FP3. During this session, the lap times increased in speed. At about the half-way point, Räikkönen's Ferrari bettered Hamilton's time and Vettel's came within a whisker. After this, Hamilton again improved his time, and Valtteri Bottas improved to second, for a Mercedes one-two. Hamilton's final fastest lap was almost 3 tenths faster than Bottas in second and over half a second faster than both Räikkönen in third and Vettel in fourth. Red Bull set fifth and sixth and McLaren set seventh and eighth.
All cars were fitted with Pirelli ultrasoft tyres for Q1. Hamilton and Bottas traded lap times whilst Räikkönen appeared to outpace Vettel in the following two positions. In Q2, Hamilton set a marginally faster time than Bottas, whilst Vettel likewise pipped Räikkönen. In both sessions, the Red Bulls were further behind, with Ricciardo in fifth and Verstappen in sixth.
The final qualifying round saw Bottas set a faster time than Hamilton early, with neither improving. Hamilton qualified in P2, with Vettel remaining ahead of Räikkönen. An unexpected change to the order arose when Ricciardo set a late lap ahead of Räikkönen taking P4. Räikkönen was in P5 and Verstappen in P6. Further back, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg qualified ahead of the Force Indias, amongst which Sergio Perez led Esteban Ocon. Felipe Massa completed the top-ten.
After the frontrunners all made a good start, positions at the front of the field did not change from the start grid into the opening laps. Mercedes driver Bottas retained first place from pole position. Hamilton followed Bottas closely, able to challenge for position at times. Hamilton later congratulated Bottas on his dominant performance, saying the former 'gave it everything, every single lap'. Bottas said that he had been "managing the pace and that way the race," and "It was a nice feeling, a really nice feeling", suggested he could have pushed harder. Indeed, Bottas took the Fastest Lap in the closing stages.
Behind, Vettel remained in third place through most of the race, largely neither challenged for the podium nor mounting a convincing challenge against Hamilton's second place. Räikkönen put his nose ahead of Ricciardo on the opening lap, but Ricciardo held fourth place until retiring due to a hydraulic failure on lap 21. Both Toro Rosso drivers spun off the track, but rejoined to complete the race as backmarkers. All cars ran a one-stop strategy. Carlos Sainz Jr., one of the later cars to pit, was released by Renault with the left-front wheel loose. Sainz made it out of the pitlane before retiring, and Renault incurred a fine for the unsafe release. The other Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg incurred a 5-second stop-go penalty early in the race for gaining an advantage cutting a corner. Later serving the penalty during a scheduled pit-stop, there was a delay removing the right-rear wheel reducing his track position to 11th. He fought back up to 6th place to secure the points required to lift Renault up to sixth in the Constructors' Championship.
The top three remained the same throughout most of the race, Hamilton taking the lead briefly between Bottas' earlier pit-stop and his own pit-stop. Bottas won the race. Hamilton finished in close second place, with Vettel finishing third. Ricciardo's retirement was significant in handing the Drivers' Championship fourth place to Räikkönen. Excluding the retired Ricciardo, the top eight places were ordered identically to the starting grid. Fernando Alonso had overtaken Massa for ninth. Massa finished in tenth position, in the points for his swan-song Formula One Grand Prix.
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:38.016||1:37.583||1:36.959||4|
|6||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:38.021||1:37.777||1:37.328||6|
|8||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:38.601||1:38.359||1:38.374||8|
|9||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1:38.896||1:38.392||1:38.397||9|
|12||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||1:38.810||1:38.725||12|
|17||10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1:39.724||17|
|20||28||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:40.471||201|
|107% time: 1:44.170|
- ^1 – Brendon Hartley received a 10-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
Championship standings after the race
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