Although monotonous, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix seemed promising, with Lewis Hamilton being back in his car after testing negative for COVID-19. For the first time this year, Max Verstappen has his first pole position, breaking the Mercedes-powered cars streak of continuous poles. He was 0.025s faster than Bottas and 0.086s faster than Hamilton in qualifying. The important fight happened in the middle of the pack, between the McLaren, Renault, and Racing Point drivers. They were all fighting for third place in the Constructors Champions.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The race start
The first lap in a race is, more often than not, the most important lap of the race. It can definitely be the difference between winning or finishing last. But after a season of many first lap crashes, everyone seemed to be very careful on approaching the first corner, and not many significant changes happened on the grid. Verstappen was already on his way to the win, setting a comfortable distance between himself and the Mercedes pilots.
Sergio Perez’s luck must have not followed him from Bahrain, as his car broke down during his fantastic drive from the back of the grid. This made the safety car come out, bringing the pack closer, for another restart. In the first corner after the restart, Max Verstappen already had a one-second lead on Bottas!
The season finale
After many uneventful laps, Max went on to win his 10th career win, being in the front of the grid the whole race. Thinking about the future, even if there are no more races, the drama is not yet done. Will Mercedes sign Hamilton once again? Who will drive alongside Max next year? I suppose we shall all wait for the 21st of March to come around, as this marks the first race of the 2021 F1 season.