Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen clinches season-finale F1

Max Verstappen has clinched the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday (December 13, 2020) ending the season finale with a finesse as he maintained a lead from start to the finish.

Taking the chequered flag to mark the 10th victory of his career, Red Bull Racing’s Verstappen started from the pole and took a lead right from the start in the 55-lap race at the Yas Marina Circuit. Completing the 5.554 km track at the Formula1 he clocked at 1:36:28.645 seconds.

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The 23-year-old kept the Mercedes duo – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas – at a safe distance, forging ahead with an unprecedented ease and becoming the third non-Mercedes driver to win this season. And he’s also the only one to have tasted victory two times!

The 2020 season finale was a one-of-a-kind closed event keeping in mind the pandemic and in adherence with COVID safety protocols.

At the final tally, Bottas stood at 223 points, Verstappen at 214 points, Hamilton at 347 points, Sergio Perez (for Red Bull) at 125, and Daniel Ricciardo (for Renault) at 119 points.

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