2020 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see Formula 1 conclude its 2020 season in Abu Dhabi. With both championships won by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes the focus in both championships is elsewhere.

Starting with second in the Drivers’ Championship which is currently occupied by Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish driver had a chance of clinching the runner-up spot but a race that unravelled last time out means he has a 16 point advantage over Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver having retired last time out after being caught up in an incident between Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez on the opening lap.

Speaking of Perez, there is also a showdown for fourth in the championship between the Mexican and Daniel Ricciardo. Perez currently holds the position after he claimed his maiden victory in the sport last weekend. He has a 13 point advantage over Ricciardo entering the weekend after the Australian finished fifth in the second race in Bahrain.

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Behind Perez and Ricciardo is another battle involving three/four drivers who are contesting over sixth in the championship. Leclerc currently holds sixth but is only one point ahead of Carlos Sainz. Also potentially in with a chance of sixth are Alexander Albon and Lando Norris with the former five points behind Leclerc while Norris is 11 points behind the Monegasque driver.

Behind the quartet in the battle for sixth are Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly who are separated by three points. Stroll claimed his second podium finish of the season last weekend after finishing third while Gasly was classified just outside of the points in eleventh. A mention also to Esteban Ocon who is still in with a chance of battling for tenth in the championship. The Frenchman is 14 points behind Stroll and would need a repeat of his Sakhir Grand Prix podium finish to be in with a chance of overhauling the Canadian.

Finally there is one point separating Sebastian Vettel in thirteenth and Daniil Kvyat who is fourteenth, the Russian having closed in on Vettel thanks to finishing seventh last time out. Behind them are eight drivers separated by four points which, if there is a high attrition rate this weekend, could see some movement with Kimi Raikkonen at the head of the group of eight, level on points with teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.

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In the Constructors’ Championship the focus is on which team will claim third with Racing Point currently in the coveted position after their 1-3 finish in the previous Grand Prix. They have a 10 point advantage over nearest rival McLaren who also managed to get both cars into the points, although in fourth and tenth.

Also with an outside chance of finishing third is Renault who are 12 points behind McLaren and 22 points behind Racing Point after the French manufacturer also got both cars into the points. Although Renault would effectively need to match Racing Point’s Sakhir Grand Prix result and hope the Silverstone based team, and McLaren, fail to score.

At the bottom of the Constructors’ Championship there are three teams separated by eight points. Those three being Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams. It may feel like these three teams are unlikely to score any points in the season finale, but at times Formula 1 has been incredibly unpredictable in 2020.

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