2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Sunday
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team claims a double podium in Abu Dhabi
They were just too quick today and we couldn’t quite keep up with them. We expected the race pace to be quite equal heading into today, but they were able to really control the pace and build the gap when they needed to. So, in that sense, it’s been a good race, I finished ahead of my team-mate and it’s nice to be back on the podium. A huge thank you and well done to the entire team on an amazing year. I’m really proud we could end the season with P1 and P2 in the Drivers’ Championship; every single team member has done such an incredible job, so thank you very much.
Considering the past couple of weeks, I’m really happy with the weekend and to finish on the podium. Obviously, it’s not as good as I’d have liked, but congratulations to Max and Red Bull, they were very quick today and deserved the win. From my side, that was a hard race, so I’m definitely glad that it’s over. But on the bright side I made it through, and I didn’t think last week that I’d even be here. They’ve done a great job all season long and it’s fantastic to end the season with two podiums.
Our drivers struggled with understeer all the way though the race, and we were losing a lot of time through Turns 5, 6 and 7 – and then in the final sector as well. We had strong performance on Friday, but then couldn’t carry it through to qualifying or this evening; but as always, we will unpick the learnings and there will be good lessons in there to make us stronger next year. On track today, the positive was the performance from the drivers. As for Lewis, we saw all his bravery and tenacity: to be back in the car less than two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 proved his commitment to the team and the strength of his competitive desire.
The final race is also the right moment to take a step back and look at the season as a whole. Congratulations to everybody who has been involved in delivering a seventeen-race season that nobody would have thought possible just six months ago. Although we have a break from racing for the next three months, our factories are working flat out on the new car and power unit, as well as preparing for the challenges of 2021.
Well done to Max and Red Bull, they didn’t let us get into the race this evening. To be honest, we’d expected a bit more from ourselves today; we thought we’d either have a small advantage on pace or be a bit better on degradation, but we didn’t and it was a bit disappointing after a year where we have been strong at almost every track. However, whilst today wasn’t the result we’d hoped for, we can reflect on the season as a whole and the team has done a great job, the drivers have done a great job and we’ve broken some records that we can be very proud of.
Dec 16, 2020 at 04:57