E Race in Abu Dhabi not known for much spectacle. The initial situation with the three top teams in the first three rows didn't mean that much variety was to be expected. But then it turned out to be a whimsical 55 laps at the end of the season. In the first lap, Romain Grosjean and Nico Hülkenberg created the most delicate scene of the race.
In a direct duel, the two competitors' wheels got stuck. Hulkenberg turned twice around the longitudinal axis and stood upside down on the board. Because it began to smoke in the stern, the helpless pilot feared that the whole situation could literally get precarious. But the marshals were quickly on the spot.
Hamilton uses alternative tactics
Kimi Räikkönen caused long faces at Ferrari with his retirement in lap 7 and the strategists of the other teams were hectic. Lewis Hamilton was the only pilot at the top to make a mandatory stop. That messed up the order. Nobody knew whether the world champion's tactic would work.
Max Verstappen had another fight with Esteban Ocon. This time, despite tough duels, there was no contact between the two rivals either on the track or after the race. Valtteri Bottas struggled with the wind and a braking problem. As a result, Vettel, Verstappen and Ricciardo slipped past the Finn.
Farewell donut party
After crossing the finish line, Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso provided a smoking encore. On the home stretch, the superstars burned their rear tires with wild donuts. Alonso narrowly missed the points in his last race. The Spaniard had fought like a bull once again.
On the podium it was particularly exuberant. Hamilton tore off his overalls and let his opponents shower him off. Mercedes and Red Bull also had a blast with the team photos. At the last race of the year, everyone involved clearly had fun.
We are showing you the pictures of the wild boar again in the gallery.