Dec, 14th 2020 – Max Verstappen ended a frustrating season for Red Bull on a high with victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Dutchman took his second win of the year ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who were unable to challenge in second and third. McLaren took third in the constructors’ championship as Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz took fifth and sixth.
The prize for overhauling Racing Point who started the race 10 points ahead but for whom Lance Stroll could finish only 10th as team-mate Sergio Perez retired early on – is in the region of $10m (£7.5m) of prize money.
Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was fourth, 20 seconds behind team-mate Verstappen but close enough to the Mercedes to block any adventurous strategy choices, as the team weigh up whether to retain the British-Thai driver for 2021.
Hamilton on the other hand has already secured his seventh title only that his future has not been confirmed. Mercides has said that they would have discussions after the championship was won but were delayed when Hamilton contracted Covid-19 which led to him missing the previous grand prix.
According to Hamilton, he anticipated a deal to be done in short order giving his strongest assurance yet that he would be on the grid in 2021 with Mercedes.
He said, “We would love to get it done before Christmas. I plan to be here next year. I want to be here next year. As a team we have more to do together, more to achieve both in the sport and more outside the sport. I hope we can begin discussions this week and get it tied up.”