Sebastian Vettel on the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium.

Sebastian Vettel burst his own championship dream, but in the midfield two drivers kcikstarted theirs.

Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel celebrate on the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix once again delivered a lack of racing to close the Formula One season.

Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas has ended his debut Mercedes season with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton will start on the front row in Abu Dhabi.

Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas capitalised on Lewis Hamilton crashing out of qualifying to seize pole position.

Valtteri Bottas talks to an engineer at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas is developing a bad habit of qualifying more than half a second behind Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas drives in the wet during practice for the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Neither Lewis Hamilton nor Valtteri Bottas could agree on how best to improve the car in Malaysia.

Lewis Hamilton on track at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are expecting no Sunday miracles in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after qualifying for the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton’s only path to the title could be through Valtteri Bottas and team orders.

Sebastian Vettel tests the 'shield' head protection device on Friday at the 2017 British Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas was quickest in practice while Sebastian Vettel panned the shield safety device.