This week, the final race of Season 15 saw yet another ‘Duel in the Desert’ at the relatively new Yas Marina Circuit.
In qualifying, it was the usual suspects who formed the sharp end of the grid, with Ramdrop taking pole position for the final time this season, just 0.142 seconds ahead of the determined Dr Waschl. OmegaIV rounded out the top three with a 1:39.595, placing him 0.223 seconds behind the pole-sitter. Closely behind the front runners sat Morturiom, with Westyy and Lord Rexxy completing the top six.
It had looked to be an incredibly tight battle for both second and third places in the early laps of the race; with OmegaIV and Morturiom jostling for the silver trophy, slightly further ahead of Dr Waschl and Lord Rexxy, who were battling for bronze. The dynamic of the race shifted however, when, on the exit of turn eight, Morturiom lost control of his Force India and was sent into a spin that nearly cost him his race. It now seemed that there was a fight for third place only between the two Force India’s and the lone Haas. Their now three-way battle had allowed OmegaIV to build a substantial cushion in second place. Things weren’t looking good for Force India with the approach of yet another eager driver in Westyy, who quickly became involved in the fight for third place. If they were to leapfrog McLaren in the constructors standings, the pairing of Morturiom and Dr Waschl would have their work cut out for them.
By mid distance there had been a string of retirements, although the pecking order at the front had remained similar despite some radically differing strategy choices.
As positions third, fourth, and fifth continued to battle in the closing stages, McLaren driver Foggy was able to close up, bringing Westyy along with him once more after the Toro Rosso driver had made unfortunate contact with Morturiom. There was now a four-way fight for the final podium position after Foggy had dropped back to eighth position, which would see McLaren retain third place in the constructors standings. Ultimately, it was the Force India pairing that triumphed in this battle, finishing a strong third and fourth to outscore McLaren by five points. This saw them draw dead level with McLaren on 330 points, however the Woking based team kept their third place due to a win for OmegaIV in the US that had proved crucial for their prevalence in the final standings. Westyy came home in fifth for Toro Rosso after a tough fightback following his mid-race spin, which secured his tenth place in the overall championship. Finally, Lord Rexxy brought his Haas back in sixth place – an arguably disappointing result for him given that he had lead much of the battle for third. This secured him fourth place overall at the end of a long season.