With the finishing order reflecting the starting positions, with the exception of Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo who retired with an hydraulics issue, the main suspense was in midfield. Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas were separated by just six points before the start, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake and Renault taking the honour thanks to Nico Hulkenberg's sixth place.
Only three #F1 world champions have scored points in every single race of a title-winning season1954: Juan Manuel Fangio 2002: Michael Schumacher 2017: Lewis Hamilton ?#F1FastFact pic.twitter.com/n7YjQ8putV — Formula 1 (@F1) November 26, 2017
It was still a tense evening for the French manufacturer team, however, after their Spanish driver Carlos Sainz was released from a pitstop with a loose wheel and retired after almost crashing in the exit tunnel. There was also an emotional send-off to Williams' veteran Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, the 2008 world championship runner-up bowing out after 269 starts.
Smile! ?One last look at the class of 2017...#AbuDhabiGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/4RcxR2yaRP — Formula 1 (@F1) November 26, 2017