VERSTAPPEN DOMINATES FINAL RACE OF 2020 FOR TENTH CAREER WIN
Max Verstappen took a dominant victory in the final race of an unpredictable 2020 season. This is Max's tenth career victory and his second win of 2020. The Mercedes struggled for pace in this race but still managed second (Bottas) and third for seven time World Champion Lewis Hamilton - who was almost caught in the final few laps by the second Red Bull of Alex Albon who may have just done enough to save his seat for next year.
Unfortunately this race wasn't what many had hoped for after so many amazing races this season. Everyone got away well with Verstappen taking an early advantage from Mercedes.
Then in what could be his final race in Formula One - Sergio Perez - the man who won the Sakhir Grand Prix last weekend could only make it to lap 10 in his Racing Point after an oil pressure issue - leaving him stranded on the side of the track - causing a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) which eventually was ditched for the full Safety Car - which lasted until lap 13.
On lap 17 Carlos Sainz was reported to the Stewards by the Racing Point team for going to slowly in the pit lane causing Lance Stroll to lose out on valuable points which would inevitably lose them third in the Constructors to the McLaren team. Then nothing happened.
This a weekend of goodbyes as we say goodbye to both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean who will both leave to race in America. It looks like Perez could take the year out and Daniil Kvyat may not be on the grid next year - with F2 driver Yuki Tsunoda the likely contender for the second Alpha Tauri seat.
Other goodbyes also include Vettel saying goodbye to Ferrari as he leaves for Aston Martin, Sainz says goodbye to McLaren as he goes to Ferrari and Ricciardo says farewell to Renault as he goes to McLaren for 2021.
It's been an incredible last 116 days and 17 races.
The next race will (hopefully) be the 2021 Australian Grand Prix on the 21st March just 91 days away.