Tales from the paddock: Season finale in Abu Dhabi set to provide floodlit spectacular

Dec 9, 2020

The Formula One season approaches the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi on the 17th and final race weekend of 2020

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • F1: Valtteri Bottas and George Russell finish in eighth and ninth position respectively
  • Italian GT Championship: Mercedes-AMG GT4 in championship runner-up spot
  • Ultimate Cup Series: Two podium finishes for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Le Castellet

News snippets

From Bahrain to Abu Dhabi: After the second of two race weekends on the Bahrain International Circuit, with the outer configuration making its F1 debut, the teams and drivers travel to Abu Dhabi for the concluding fixture of the 2020 campaign. The twelfth Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held there next weekend. The Yas Marina Circuit has seen five different winners since hosting its first F1 race in 2009. With five victories to his account, Lewis Hamilton (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019) is the most successful driver on the 5.554 km Yas Island circuit. Valtteri Bottas won the 2017 race in his debut season with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. Sebastian Vettel is the second-most successful contestant in terms of race wins, with a personal tally of three. In the qualifying stakes, Lewis also leads the way with five pole positions. Mercedes-powered cars have achieved a grand total of seven wins and eight pole positions in Abu Dhabi. The lap record in the race is 1:39.283 minutes, clocked by Lewis in the 2019 season. The fastest lap ever driven on the circuit was also recorded by Lewis on his pole-setting lap (1:34.779 minutes) last year.

Runners-up in the Italian GT Championship with a Mercedes-AMG GT4: Customer Racing team Nova Race finished the 2020 Italian GT Championship second in the GT4 Pro-Am class. In the season finale at Autodromo Vallelunga, Francesco Massimo De Luca and Luca Segù (both ITA) in the number 227 Mercedes-AMG GT4 secured the class win in the first of the two sprint races. A P4 in the second race was enough for them to finish the season as runners-up in their class. They were joined on the podium by Andrea Belicchi and Jodi Vullo (both ITA) in the number 288 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Scuderia Villorba Corse, who finished third in their class in Sunday’s race.

Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Alexander Moiseev (RUS) in the number 90 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by AKM Motorsport made two podium appearances in the GT3 Pro-Am category. In both races over 50 minutes, the duo finished ninth overall and third in class.

Podium double on series debut: The Ultimate Cup Series contested on various European circuits is open to GT cars, prototypes and single-seaters. Customer Racing cars from Affalterbach joined the line-up for the first time in the season finale at Circuit Paul Ricard. The number 61 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by AKKA ASP took the runner-up spot in two of the five races over the weekend. Mauro Ricci (ITA) moved up from seventh on the grid to P2 at the finish line in the first of the four sprint races. He produced the same result partnered by team principal Jérome Policand (FRA) at the end of the four-hour race.

Social media news

#Simulator: Another step towards the goal of bringing F1 technology to the public highway! We join AMG test driver Maro Engel as he puts the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE through its paces on the simulator.

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