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How the dull F1 finale could be improved
The anticlimactic ending to the 2020 F1 season in Abu Dhabi left many wishing it had finished with the thriller in Sakhir one week before. But while the cars are partly to blame, a few simple layout tweaks could make a big difference.
I reckon that anyone who watched 2020's final Formula 1 Grand Prix from Abu Dhabi would have experienced at least one of three emotions. The first one, elation, that for the first time since the 70th Anniversary GP back in August, Max Verstappen had a car to challenge the Mercedes duo and beat them in a straight fight.
The second, sadness that this was the last race of an extraordinary year and maybe also that unreliability struck Sergio Perez, fresh from his triumph of the previous weekend in the Sakhir GP, and forced him to retire from what we all hope won't be his F1 swansong. Sad also that George Russell, who had so excelled on being given the chance to replace Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes the previous weekend, was back in the Williams and toiling at the other end of the grid.
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