Why Abu Dhabi's biggest disappointment wasn't lack of action
The 2020 Formula 1 season rather fizzled out at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite Max Verstappen and Red Bull winning brilliantly. In fact, the race will perhaps best be remembered for something it lost in its build-up
On paper, Mercedes's first defeat in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2013 is a shock result.
But, watching from the cavernous, near-empty, media centre at the Yas Marina track - Sergio Perez's abandoned RP20 in sight after the Mexican's unfortunate final Racing Point outing ended in retirement - it didn't feel like it.
Once Max Verstappen had aced the safety car restart following Perez's machine being tidied away, it was clear he was going to win unless something really unexpected happened. His pace was even better than it had been before, despite Mercedes curing the understeer problems that Valtteri Bottas had been experiencing in the curtailed opening stint on the mediums.
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