2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sunday 27th November 2016
Round:
21
Laps:
55
Fastest Lap:
Vettel, 1m43.729
Country:
United Arab Emirates
Location:
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
2016 season:
Report

So we came to where the championship mathematics had put them after 20 races. Nico Rosberg vs Lewis Hamilton, and the maths said the only way the latter could take the title was to simultaneously win the race and compromise Rosberg’s enough to demote him from second to fourth. Hamilton could have chosen not to do that, of course, could’ve proved his point by disappearing into the distance and damn what the points said. But it’s the world championship and Hamilton, as even his dad has pointed out before, is a mercenary.

It’s a team sport. But only up to a point. Here we saw the fault line between a team’s interests and the driver’s, a line that Lewis has tread many times through his career. He drove whole swathes of the race between 1.5-2sec slower than he could have, so as to give the Red Bulls or Ferraris a chance of attacking Rosberg. But in a way that made it impossible for Rosberg to pass him. Pointedly instructed to up the pace, even by team boss Paddy Lowe, Hamilton responded with: “I suggest you just let us race.”  

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Results

PositionDriverTimePoints
1Lewis Hamilton
1h 38m 4.010s
25
2Nico Rosberg
1h 38m 4.450s
+0.440s
18
3 ↑ 2Sebastian Vettel
1h 38m 4.860s
+0.850s
15
4 ↑ 2Max Verstappen
1h 38m 5.700s
+1.690s
12
5 ↓ 2Daniel Ricciardo
1h 38m 9.330s
+5.320s
10
6 ↓ 2Kimi Raikkonen
1h 38m 22.830s
+18.820s
8
7Nico Hulkenberg
1h 38m 54.130s
+50.120s
6
8Sergio Perez
1h 39m 2.790s
+58.780s
4
9 ↑ 1Felipe Massa
1h 39m 3.450s
+59.440s
2
10 ↓ 1Fernando Alonso
1h 39m 3.910s
+59.900s
1
11 ↑ 3Romain Grosjean
1h 39m 20.790s
+1m 16.780s
0
12 ↑ 1Esteban Gutierrez
1h 39m 39.130s
+1m 35.120s
0
13 ↑ 7Esteban Ocon
0
14 ↑ 2Pascal Wehrlein
0
15 ↑ 7Marcus Ericsson
0
16 ↑ 3Felipe Nasr
0
17 ↓ 2Jolyon Palmer
0
RCarlos Sainz jr
0
RDaniil Kvyat
0
RJenson Button
0
RValtteri Bottas
0
RKevin Magnussen
0
TJordan King
0
TAlfonso Celis
0

Circuit

Country:
United Arab Emirates
Location:
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Length:
3.4510 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Record:
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB5-Renault), 1m40.279, 123.891 mph, F1, 2009

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