The Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi and ended the season on a high note when he won his sixth world drivers title.
Hamilton cruised off into the distance after he steered away from polo position and was not even bothered by the drivers following behind him. He was clearly in a race of his own from the start off and swiftly creating a huge gap over Charles Leclerc, never looking threatened what so ever. This victory was Hamilton’s 11th out of the 21 races this season and matches his former best performance set in 2018 and 2014. This also moves his total wins in his career to eighty-four, only 7 wins behind Michael Schumacher, the all-time record holder.
With Hamilton in first position, Max Verstappen the driver of the Red Bull team, secured a comfortable 2nd spot when team Ferrari slid backwards. Even though Leclerc was 2nd in the first few rounds, ahead of Verstappen, he slipped back to 3rd. He put on a fight in the closing stages to keep Valtteri Bottas from team Mercedes at bay, as well as trying to shake off the Finn in the final lap on his right. Leclerc put up an excellent fight his position in second place.
Hamilton, who tied up the title last month at the US Grand Prix, said: "I'm proud but just super-grateful for this incredible team and all at Mercedes who have continued to push this year.
"Even though we had the championship won we wanted to keep our head down and see if we could extract more from this beautiful car."
Rumours were doing the rounds that Leclerc was at risk of losing his 3rd place after the FIA governing body made some remarks regarding the amount of fuel. According to the organization, the amount of fuel in the Ferrari was not the same amount when it was checked before the race.
After a post-race investigation, it has been found that there was a discrepancy of 4.88kg and Ferrari was penalized with a €50,000 fine.
All the drivers earn a well-deserved break after a hard and long season of F1. However, there will be some testing coming this week at Abu Dhabi to establish the specific tyres that will be used in 2020. Then it all hands-on deck at all the different team’s headquarters in preparation of the new cars. The drivers will be taking a leave of absence over Christmas before the start of the next season starting in March in Australia.
Pos Nr Driver Car Laps Time/Retired PTS
1 44 Hamilton, Lewis Mercedes 55 1:34:05.715 26
2 33 Verstappen,Max Red Bull 55 +16.772s 18
3 16 Leclerc, Charles Ferrari 55 +43.435s 15
4 77 Bottas, Valtteri Mercedes 55 +44.379s 12
5 5 Vettel, Sebastian Ferrari 55 +64.357s 10
6 23 Albon, Alexander Red Bull 55 +69.205s 8
7 11 Perez, Sergio Mercedes 54 +1 lap 6
8 4 Norris, Lando McLaren 54 +1 lap 4
9 26 Kvyat, Daniil Toro Rosso 54 +1 lap 2
10 55 Sainz, Carlos McLaren 54 +1 lap 1