Bottas beats Hamilton in Abu Dhabi qualifying duel

Bottas beats Hamilton in Abu Dhabi qualifying duel

Valtteri Bottas won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton as Formula One's season finale petered out into a procession.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, while doing his level best not to give anything away, the sport's resident track designer, Hermann Tilke admitted that comments from Hamilton and his colleagues had been noted and that there could be a modification.

Ferrari's challenge to Mercedes was a shot of adrenaline to Formula One's heart, providing the edge that had been missing since the turbo-hybrid formula was inaugurated in 2014 as the advantage flowed between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton managed to find a further three tenths in the first run of Q3, but Bottas improved by half a second to snatch provisional pole.

Hamilton has not won either of the final two races this year after clinching the title in Mexico, crashing in qualifying in Brazil before recovering to finish fourth, and losing out to Bottas in qualifying and race in Abu Dhabi.

"I definitely think that over these last year's my confidence has grown in terms of my approach and how I go about my business".

His team-mate Max Verstappen finished fifth, just 0.8s behind Raikkonen with Nico Hulkenberg sixth to secure sixth place in the constructors' championship for Renault. We've been pretty much on-point all year long, especially in the second half of the season.

Bottas 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.

Carlos Sainz Jr. failed to make it through to Q3 after a slow final effort due to a suspected power unit issue, taking 12th, while Kevin Magnussen and Lance Stroll filled out the Q2 dropzone in 14th and 15th. Here are the latest results on who finished where in this final event for F1 racing's 2017 season.

Remarkably he was in contention to win on his Indianapolis 500 debut before his engine gave up.

Hamilton had earlier topped the final practice time sheets, although that mark was beaten again in qualifying.

Hamilton desperately needed to strike back, fast, to limit the damage.

"Valtteri did a great job to hold me off", Hamilton said.

Bottas had the edge on the ultrasoft Pirelli tyres during their opening stints, and had a lead of 2.5s when he pitted on the 22nd lap.

"Overall, the day has gone rather well and both cars had a busy but productive session this morning".

"I think it's clear that something happens once you've won the championship".

It was like a boxing match in which the favourite got knocked off his feet in the first round. "I don't think the new one is as iconic but maybe it will grow on us".

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