Hamilton in a spin at season-ending Abu Dhabi
The Associated Press
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Performing celebratory spins around the track was about as emotional as it got for Valtteri Bottas, after the Finnish driver beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton joined the straight-faced Finnish driver in performing spins — known in Formula One as doughnuts — having already sealed his fourth world title before the season’s finale. The race offered little excitement, but there wasn’t much to fight over as the serious stuff had already been pretty much decided.
Sebastian Vettel joined them on the podium, finishing third and second overall in an anti-climax to a season that had promised so much for Ferrari as it hoped to win its first drivers’ title since 2007.
As the three drivers soaked each other with celebratory bottles on the podium, Hamilton used his to douse Vettel as the German driver tried to turn and protect himself. It seemed a triumphant and fitting image, victor over vanquished.
Vettel was already thinking of drowning his sorrows, perhaps understandably considering how his title challenge collapsed spectacularly following the summer break.
“Probably find something to drink tonight and sober up tomorrow,” Vettel said. “Congratulations to Lewis on his season. He was the better man. I hate to say it but he deserved it.”