Updated: Mar 28
The final round, the last race of the 2020 Season, it is over!
Before the race start
The Season finale, had a lot of farewells, Daniil Kvyat from Alpha Tauri, not knowing where will go, most probably will not keep his seat in the team, Sergio Peréz, leaving Racing Point, also not knowing if will get a seat in Red Bull or not, and we also had Kevin Magnussen leaving Haas, his last race in F1.
We will have a lot of changes for the next year, Sebastian Vettel did his last race with Ferrari, on next year, will be racing for Aston Martin, the new team, assuming Racing Point. Daniel Riccardo did his last race for Renault, moving to McLaren, and Carlos Sainz did his last one for McLaren, as he will be moving to Ferrari.
For the next year, there are three teams that still need to confirm their drivers, Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton still did not sign up for 2021, Red Bull, that will define if Alex Albon will stay or will be replaced and Alpha Tauri, nobody knows yet who will be the team mate of Pierre Gasly.
The race start with Verstappen in the front and bottas in the second position, Hamilton, back from the Covid-19 recovery, in third, Lando Norris in fourth, great start position for the McLaren driver.
On the first lap, no surprises, no car incident, no crashes, all 20 cars remained in the track, surprisingly!
Well, on the lap 10, a sad moment, the engine from the Racing Point of Sergio Peréz blew up and it was the end of the race for the Mexican driver, who did an excellent season this year, it was a shame. It was also not good for the team, that was fighting for the 3rd position in WCC, end up on the hands of the McLaren, great result for the team from Woking, well done!
The race itself, there were not many changes, some overtaking, but nothing out of the uncommon. The driver of the day was Max Verstappen, who lead from back to end, Bottas finished in 2nd, Hamilton in 3rd and Albon in 4th, just ahead of the two McLarens, Norris in 5th and Sainz in 6th, ahead of Riccardo in 7th, with Gasly in 8th, Ocon in 9th and Lance Stroll completing the top 10.
At the end, Daniel Riccardo got the fastest lap of the race, getting the extra 1 point (fastest lap award 2020), not letting Max Verstappen to get the grand slam on the Abu Dhabi GP.
Please, invite you all to watch the highlights of the Abu Dhabi GP on the link below.
Next Grand Prix
The next race is scheduled to be hosted in Melbourne, for the Australia GP, it will be the Round 1 of the 2021 Season, the first round! So we will be racing again from March 19th to 21st, with the race on Sunday, Mar. 21st. Next F1 post: felipeleiva.com/post/f1-2021-new-season