Two-thirds of the 18 finishers in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took the chequered flag in the same position they started or one place higher.
That’s how hard it was to make up places in this race at this track. Lewis Hamilton, who started and finished second, made that point clear after he got out of his car.
It was processional from the word go. Incredibly, the top 12 drivers on the grid finished lap one in the same order they started, though this was partly because Nico Hulkenberg cut a corner to re-pass Sergio Perez. He later received a penalty for that, though it wasn’t sufficient to restore Perez to the position he had lost.
The only driver who finished the race in a lower position than he started was Lance Stroll. The Williams driver had a bizarre race, pitting twice more than any other driver.
Over his final stint he was catching a six-strong train of cars headed by Stoffel Vandoorne. The McLaren driver had a problem with his car, yet despite his lack of pace no one was able to overtake him.
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lap chart
The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
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|Driver||Start position||Lap one position change||Race position change|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||12||0|
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race chart
The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
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