VALTTERI BOTTAS held off Lewis Hamilton to win the season last in Abu Dhabi as as Mercedes underlined their System One dominance.
Brit Hamilton, who earlier this month was topped world champion, appeared stronger within the second half of a tame, uninteresting race.
However pole winner Bottas largely appeared in management as Mercedes once more outclassed Ferrari, for whom Sebastian Vettel was a distant third.
Hamilton mentioned: “Valtteri did a fantastic job to carry me off.
Bottas appeared in management from begin to end in a race that began in daylight however ended beneath floodlights.
Vettel, who received the final race in Brazil, mentioned after ending 20 seconds adrift: “After three or 4 laps, I simply could not go any quicker.
“Congratulations to Lewis on his season. He was the higher man. I hate to say it however he deserved it.”
Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth and likewise moved as much as fourth within the standings, behind Bottas and second-place Vettel.
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Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen was fifth whereas teammate Daniel Ricciardo retired, dropping from fourth to fifth within the championship.
Bottas, who this season additionally received in Russia and Austria, celebrated victory with spins on the observe.
And Hamilton did the identical, having clinched his fourth world title with 9 victories.
Bottas made a clear begin whereas Hamilton held off Vettel, who locked his left entrance tire angling into the primary nook.
The 5.6-mile observe is tough to overhaul on and the highest grid positions had been simply held.
After 21 of 55 laps Bottas was 2.5 seconds away from Hamilton and eight forward of Vettel, who was the primary of the trio to pit for brand new tires. Bottas did one lap later, leaving Hamilton briefly in entrance.
At a lot the identical time, Ricciardo retired, leaving his stranded Pink Bull on a patch of grass as he hitched a carry again to the staff storage on the again of a scooter.
It was the third time in 4 races and sixth in 20 this yr that the Australian driver has failed to complete.
Bottas regained the lead when Hamilton made his tire change on lap 25.
Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr. joined Ricciardo within the paddock after an obvious steering difficulty ended his race with about 20 laps to go.
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