How a supporting act exposed F1's biggest flaw

How a supporting act exposed F1's biggest flaw

An Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lacking in action led Lewis Hamilton to suggest the circuit was not suited to Formula 1 cars. But the symptoms of a boring race have been visible elsewhere in 2017, and stem from a fundamental fault in the philosophy of the rules

We had a great race in Abu Dhabi last Sunday - but it wasn't the grand prix. As at Monza, the excitement came in the morning, when Charles Leclerc topped off his championship-winning Formula 2 season with a stunning drive.

The future Ferrari driver sliced through from sixth on the second lap to pass Alexander Albon for the lead on the last, a move at once superbly judged and extremely brave.

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