The chequered flag fell on the 2017 season with fireworks at Yas Marina. As usual, these were only of the literal kind, as the race was a dud.
Mercedes didn’t take their fourth title by giving victories away. But this, their seventh defeat of 2017, was undoubtedly a win which got away from them.
Lewis Hamilton clinched the world championship despite coming to blows with Sebastian Vettel in Mexico – a clash which let Max Verstappen in to win.
Despite losing the lead to Sebastian Vettel at the start, Lewis Hamilton took a fifth win in six years at the Circuit of the Americas, and has the title within reach.
For the second time in three races Lewis Hamilton took a maximum 25 points off Sebastian Vettel. He is now on the cusp of winning a fourth championship.
It should have been Ferrari’s race. Perhaps it could have been Lewis Hamilton’s race. But instead the Malaysian Grand Prix went to a relieved Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton said he hit the “perfect balance of being aggressive and cautious” in Singapore – something his title rival Sebastian Vettel failed to do.
Hamilton and Mercedes were never troubled as they took the win and championship lead in Ferrari’s back yard.
Lewis Hamilton faced a race-long pursuit from Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian GP, but another incident between team mates sparked a war within Force India.
The contrasting priorities of Ferrari and Mercedes were plain to see as Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the British Grand Prix in the hybrid era, while Ferrari’s late misfortune saw a major shift in the championship battle.
Stunning reactions helped Valtteri Bottas beat Sebastian Vettel by six-tenths of a second in Austria, enhancing his credentials as a title contender.
Lewis Hamilton lost his headrest but Sebastian Vettel lost his head. Out of the chaos Daniel Ricciardo emerged to take a shock win in Baku.
It wasn’t a showdown between the title rivals or a one-stop procession. Lewis Hamilton’s third win came in a lively race and closed up the title fight.
Sebastian Vettel struck an early blow not just to Mercedes’ championship aspirations in Monaco, but also his team mate’s.
Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix after a hard fight – but he had help from his team mate on the way.
Valtteri Bottas took his first grand prix victory in style in only his fourth race as a Mercedes driver, despite fierce pressure from Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes had chances to win the Bahrain Grand Prix but once Sebastian Vettel got between their drivers it became impossible to contain the Ferrari.
Ferrari were fast again in China but Lewis Hamilton held on to his advantage from pole position for his first victory of 2017.
Sebastian Vettel led a revitalised Ferrari to victory in the first race of 2017 by outfoxing Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in the pits at Albert Park.