Wolff: Abu Dhabi 1-2 a 'special' conclusion
29 November 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff labelled its 1-2 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a "special way" to end a 2017 campaign which yielded both titles for a fourth straight year.
Mercedes, after three dominant years, was regularly challenged by Ferrari across the opening half of the year, but pulled clear after the summer break, amid incidents and reliability setbacks for its rival.
Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid in Abu Dhabi for the first time since Azerbaijan (its 1-2 in qualifying in Japan wrecked by Valtteri Bottas' penalty) and cruised away in race trim.
Bottas controlled the 55-lap race to log his third win of the season, while Hamilton followed behind, as the Finn finished almost 20 seconds clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
"This was a special way to end a special season: a dominant 1-2 finish in the final race of the season gives us good momentum into the winter," said Wolff after Mercedes' fourth 1-2 of the season.
"The car was magnificent – quickest in qualifying and also in race conditions, on both types of tyre.
"I am really pleased to see the way that Valtteri has worked out of the difficult races after the summer to finish the season like this, two pole positions and the final win of the year. It was simply his race.
"As for Lewis,  has been the best performance I have seen in all five years working together.
"He has become more rounded as a character and just as impressive as a racer."
Mercedes finished the year with 12 victories from 20 races and wound up 146 points clear of Ferrari in the final standings.