A rare Lewis Hamilton error did not prove too costly as he expertly recovered to finish second behind Max Verstappen at Imola.
Hopes of a competitive Formula One season were raised in Bahrain as Max Verstappen claimed the first pole of the season.
Max Verstappen was fastest in both practice sessions in Sakhir, with Valtteri Bottas concerned by Mercedes' new car.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas experienced frustrations as Mercedes struggled to find suitable pace on day one of Formula One testing.
Mercedes have seen what George Russell can do after his stand-in appearance last season, but the Briton is with Williams for 2021.
Max Verstappen has been the best of the rest in Formula One, with only the Mercedes drivers heading him in the championship.
Lewis Hamilton broke plenty of records in F1 this season and we look at the best facts of the 2020 campaign.
Max Verstappen was a dominant winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton's experience was not quite as comfortable.
Lewis Hamilton was unable to gain any ground on pole-sitter Max Verstappen, who enjoyed a comfortable victory in Abu Dhabi.
Max Verstappen will start on pole position for the first time in 2020 in the last race of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit.