The 2017 Formula 1 Finale

Only one race remains, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel that spans over the circuit — (Image: Sahara Force India)

There comes a time when a Formula 1 season must end. Unfortunately for many Ferrari fans, that time is this weekend. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will officially accept his 2017 drivers title. The reason it can’t be official earlier is due to regulations. If something is deemed illegal on the Mercedes cars, points can be deducted.

Yas Marina is the circuit which hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This circuit has proved to be one that favors pole position. With 21 turns, this is a relatively fast circuit that has some pretty rigid corners. Two large DRS (Drag Reduction System) zones give drivers a good opportunity for passing.

As far as the drivers go, Lewis Hamilton will likely want to cap off his great season with another win. Almost like a salt in the wound kind of thing. Ferrari will be fighting for dignity along with all the other teams. Young Max Verstappen won’t be fighting for dignity, he will be fighting for glory. The Dutchman is itching for another win in Formula 1 and he doesn't care how he gets it.

Max Verstappen and Jenson Button during the 2016 Abu Dhabi drivers parade — (Image: Red Bull Content Pool)

For this to happen Red Bull will need to give him the perfect car. Perhaps they might be able to catch Ferrari and Mercedes in a state of complacency but that’s unlikely. Once again the mid field is going to be very competitive. However, Renault power units have struggled with reliability consistently this year (nothing compared to Honda).

Abu Dhabi is a beautiful place to wrap up the season. Deserts that span for miles, gorgeous buildings, and loud cars. It couldn’t get much better than that. Action begins today with free practice.

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