Bottas wins Abu Dhabi GP, Vettel secures second in drivers' championship

Mercedes team-mates Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finished first and second in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP.

Sebastian Vettel beat Bottas to second in the 2017 F1 Drivers' championship.   -  AFP

Valtteri Bottas missed out on second place in the Formula One drivers' championship despite winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Having qualified on pole, Bottas needed to win at the Yas Maria Circuit and have Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finish ninth or lower for him to complete a season one-two for Mercedes alongside title winner Lewis Hamilton.

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After preserving his lead despite a strong start from Hamilton, who had started second on the grid, and maintaining his advantage in the round of pit stops, Bottas did his part in a race of little incident.

Unfortunately for the Finn, though, Vettel secured a podium finish and second place in the F1 Drivers' Championship by securing third place, with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finishing fourth after Daniel Ricciardo was forced to retire.

Further down, Felipe Massa, who bid goodbye to the sport at the same circuit last year only to return to Williams as a replacement for Bottas, bid farewell for a second time as he marked his final race with a points finish.

Massa had to settle for 10th place after losing out in a battle with Fernando Alonso, who will look to be fighting further up the field with Renault power as McLaren's much-troubled relationship with Honda comes to an end.

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