Valtteri Bottas will certainly align 2nd on grid for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and also the Finn is seeking to finish the period on a high. Lewis Hamilton will certainly align on the 2nd row, in 3rd position on his go back to competing after quarantining with COVID-19 in Bahrain. 

Bottas covered the moments in Q3 as the clock counted to no, yet Max Verstappen, that was still on a qualified timed lap, had the ability to pip him to lead by a plain 0.025 secs. 

Understeer in the closing phases of certifying, was a grievance from Bottas, that was after that not able to enhance his lap times while battling it, he claimed: As the track cooled off in the direction of completion of the session, I began to experience understeer, that made it complicated to enhance the lap times. 

“I think I still managed to get everything out of the car, but we simply weren’t quick enough today. We looked stronger on the Medium tyres, but you need to be quick on the softest compound to be on pole.”

Bottas will certainly begin the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on tool tires, and also is expecting the race, intending to fight max for top place. “The points are given out on Sunday though. We have a strong car and will start the race on the Mediums, so it’s all still to play for.” He claimed, “I think it’s going to be a good battle between Max, Lewis and myself and anything can happen as we’ve seen in F1 lately. I’m looking forward to an exciting season finale tomorrow and will fight hard to end the year on a high.”

“I still gave it my all and it was so close between us” – Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton will certainly begin the race in 3rd location, after remaining of last weekend break’s Sakhir Grand Prix as a result of a COVID-19 medical diagnosis. The seven-time globe champ will certainly be back in the W11 for the last race of the period, yet that wasn’t so simple cruising. “It’s definitely been a difficult weekend, getting back into the rhythm and finding the momentum again,” he claimed, “yet I’m incredibly thankful to be back with the group and also attempting to liquidate the solid period that we’ve had, in vogue.

“I’ve struggled with the balance of the car and we weren’t really gelling together, so it was a battle to get a lap together in qualifying. I still gave it my all and it was so close between us.”

Hamilton has actually aided Mercedes shut out lead for almost 2 of the Grands Prix in the 2020 period, which were taken by Racing Point F1 Team’s Lance Stroll and also Verstappen. The Brit, certainly dejected, included that he was dissatisfied to just be beginning the race from 3rd. 

“Obviously, it’s disappointing to be P3, but congratulations to Max, he’s been driving great this year.” Lewis included. “Hopefully we’ll provide Max an excellent run for his cash tomorrow, with both Valtteri and also myself beginning ideal behind him. 

“It makes it more exciting, that’s for sure, and there’s still some unknowns with the long runs. This is a tough track to overtake on but there’s still strategy to play with, and the start and first few laps are going to be important. So, there are opportunities and I’m excited to see how it’ll play out.”

Hamilton returns for the last race after remaining of Sakhir. Photo credit rating: LAT Images

“That was an exciting qualifying session” – Toto Wolff

In spite of both vehicle drivers really feeling downtrodden by the certifying session, Team Principal Toto Wolff was of the contrary point of view. With the margins in between the leading 3 to 0.086 secs it was an incredibly close session. “That was an exciting qualifying session and it came down to very fine margins with less than a tenth of a second between the top three at the end.” claimed Toto. “We had a challenging session in FP3 and also were rather a lengthy means off in regards to efficiency, so it was a respectable recuperation to wind up P2 and also P3 this night. I was pleased to see a solid lap from Valtteri, that has had a tough couple of weeks lately, and also we are all extremely satisfied to see Lewis in the vehicle and also back out on the right track doing what he does finest; after 10 days away, his degree of efficiency went over. 

“Looking ahead to tomorrow’s race, we have two cars in the mix, so that will give us some options on strategy and a chance to put pressure on Max in front. We’re looking forward to an exciting final Grand Prix of the season – and we will be going flat out to try and finish the year on a high.”

“The struggle we had today came as a bit of a surprise” – Andrew Shovlin

Mercedes trackside design supervisor, Andrew Shovlin, was shocked that both coped complimentary method 3 and also certifying after effective Friday practice at the Yas Marina Circuit

“It was evident from the word go in final practice that we were lacking grip and losing time to ourselves, especially in the final sector.” Said Shovlin “It was a little bit much better in certifying, in even we went to the very least defending post, yet the midfield groups were a lot closer than typical and also Red Bull had the ability to creep in advance. 

“We did procure both vehicles with the 2nd session on the Medium substance which offers us the very best opportunity for the race although Max is likewise on the exact same rubber. It does look like we’ve not handled to land the Soft substance in rather the right home window today which’s something that we require to comprehend moving forward. 

“However, our car seems to be working well on the other compounds so we will be looking at the strategy tonight to understand how we can put our drivers into a position where they can challenge for the win tomorrow.”