Scuderia Ferrari fell short in its quest to end the 2017 Formula One campaign on top after Valtteri Bottas won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. The Finnish driver led virtually every lap under the thousands of floodlights at the Yas Marina circuit to record his first victory since Austria in July and his third of the campaign. Lewis Hamilton tried his very best to find a way past his Mercedes team-mate, but Bottas held firm to take the chequered flag nearly four seconds clear, with Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a distant third, followed by his Finnish teammate, Kimi Raikkonen.
Thanks to a third place in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel made sure of finishing second in the 2017 World Championship, while Kimi Raikkonen’s fourth place finish sees him jump ahead of Ricciardo to take fourth spot in the classification. Scuderia Ferrari has racked up its biggest points score in one season, with 522 to its name. However, the Maranello team cannot be happy with the outcome of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday:
“Today’s result is far from ideal, but it is worth noting that, on a track like this, the only real overtaking opportunities are at the start of the race and during pit-stops. Unfortunately, the true potential of the SF70H was only visible in the closing stages of the race. The whole team, here and at Maranello, gave its best as usual. Now we are already looking forward, with humility and determination, and we’re fully focused on 2018.” – current team principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team Maurizio Arrivabene said, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.