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Max Verstappen – 10
At several points in 2020, Verstappen hasn’t delivered when it really mattered despite this being another overall excellent season. But that didn’t happen last weekend as he trumped the Mercedes duo at the end of qualifying. That set up his race win, but he still had to pull out a masterful race drive, which he did. Essentially faultless – besides briefly trapping his hand in his cockpit in Q1.
Valtteri Bottas – 8
Tricky to score the Mercedes duo given the Red Bull was clearly much faster in the race, but it all might have been different if Bottas had beaten Verstappen in qualifying given how hard it is to pass at Yas Marina. But the Finn came up 0.025s short and, despite clearly giving his all in the race, there was little he could do to stop Verstappen’s march to victory.
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