F1 Abu Dhabi GP Live Updates - race day


By: Jake Boxall-Legge


Verstappen wins Abu Dhabi GP from Bottas and Hamilton
McLaren secures third in constructors' championship
Sainz pitlane incident to be investigated after race
Perez only retirement
Status: Stopped
15:04 And that's all, folks! Thank you so much for following along with us this year; have a wonderful New Year, and in case we don't see you, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight.
14:59 That Abu Dhabi GP will go down in history as one of the many F1 races to have happened.
14:55 Hamilton and Bottas indulge in donuts, celebrating a second and third in style.
14:54 And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that for the year. Hindsight is officially 2020.
14:53 Gasly, Ocon and Stroll complete the top 10.
14:52 Norris and Sainz get fifth and sixth to surely secure third in the world constructors' championship, with Ricciardo snatching the fastest lap from Verstappen!
14:52 Ocon mugs Stroll to take ninth place on the final lap as he charges up the inside on the run between Turns 10 and 11.
14:51 Verstappen brings the season to a close with a lights-to-flag finish - leads every lap, gets the fastest lap, easy win, surely? Bottas and Hamilton keep second and third, as Albon got to 1.5s of Hamilton in his late charge.
14:50 And Max Verstappen wins the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!
14:48 Verstappen begins the final lap.
14:46 Fittipaldi is also hunting the fastest lap as Haas bolt on some softs for the final few laps. Verstappen still holds the fastest lap with a 1m40.958s.
14:45 Albon was a full second faster than Hamilton on that lap. Does he have enough in the tank to go for third?
14:44 Sainz has steadied the gap over Ricciardo to around 12 seconds so he looks to have sixth place safe - subject to a post-race penalty for his earlier pitlane incident - but as things stand McLaren has third place in the constructors' tied up.
14:41 Magnussen pits for the second time in this race to take fresh mediums. Unless he had a puncture that looks like an unscheduled stop for the Danish driver - or maybe Haas want to give him a go at the fastest lap on his final race for the team.
14:39 "You can turn the engine down if you want to," Verstappen says. "Negative," comes the reply, suggesting Red Bull is confident enough to keep things as they are.
14:37 Hamilton is waving a few coveting glances at second place, having been slowly chipping away at Bottas. Verstappen, meanwhile, has scampered off into a 12s lead.
14:36 Leclerc has been shown the black and white flag for exceeding track limits, so he'll have to be on his best behaviour between now and the end of the race to avoid a penalty.
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