Lewis Hamilton capped a stunning 2019 advertising and marketing and marketing campaign with an emphatic lights to flag victory in the season-closing Abu Dhabi Substantial Prix, beating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by higher than 16 seconds, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third.
Starting from his fifth pole space of the season, the six-time world champion led every lap of the speed to score his 11thtake of the season and added fastest lap to seal the sixth sizable chelem of his career. Most efficient the legendary Jim Clark has extra, with eight.
On the speed begin, Hamilton made a honest begin from P1 to guide into the first corner. Within the back of him Verstappen also got away correctly however rapidly got right here below stress from Ferrari’s expeditiously-beginning Leclerc. Verstappen defended however at the dwell of the lengthy 2d straight, the Ferrari man swept previous the red Bull to put off P2.
Within the back of him Sebastian Vettel in the 2d Ferrari settled into fourth ahead of the 2d Red Bull of Alex Albon. The Thai driver got right here below stress in the earlt laps from the McLarens of sixth-placed Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz who had passed Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo off the line to put P7 however he changed into once in a relate to fend off the gap and the sphere settled into the first stint. Norris opened the pit stop window for the leading delicate tyre starters by shedding his beginning tyres for laborious compound Pirellis on lap eight and Ferrari pitted both its drivers at the dwell of lap 12. Leclerc’s stop for laborious tyres went without problems, there changed into once a narrate with Vettel’s entrance left wheel and the German lost timewhile the narrate changed into once rectified. Leclerc resumed in P4 in the back of Hamilton, Max and Alex, however Vettel slipped to seventh. Red Bull Racing then pitted Albon and the Thai driver rejoined right two seconds in the back of Vettel.
On the entrance, Hamilton and Verstappen continued to circulation their beginning medium tyres and whereas others further back pitted, Valtteri Bottas, who had started from as a consequence of engine penalties, rose to fourth space in the back of Leclerc, with Vettel fifth and Albon sixth.
Verstappen eventually made his sole stop of the evening on lap 25, taking up laborious tyres. He emerged in third space, although right four seconds in the back of Leclerc and on more fresh tyres. Mercedes then introduced Hamilton in at the dwell of the next lap and with a sizeable gap back to Leclerc the Briton rejoined in the lead.
After his pit stop Verstappen began to document throttle complications in his vehicle however despite the narrate he rapidly closed down Leclerc and on lap 32 muscled previous the Ferrari down the interior into Turn 8. Leclerc fought back by seeking to retake P2 round the out of doorways into Turn 11 however Max held a convincing line and Leclerc changed into once forced to provide up the fight.
Additional back, Bottas changed into once closing laborious on the leaders and on lap 39 he reeled in Albon and charged previous the Red Bull man. With the Finn on a fee, Ferrari opted to pit both its drivers on lap 38 and when they emerged, Leclerc discovered himself 29 seconds in the back of Verstappen, whereas Vettel changed into once 18.6s in the back of of Albon.
Armed with fresh medium tyres, Vettel then closed on Albon and the penultimate lap the German powered previous the Red Bull to resolve for sixth space.
On the entrance, Hamilton marched on serenely and after 55 laps he crossed the line to put off his 11thvictory ahead of Verstappen, for whom P2 ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc changed into once enough to seal third space in the Drivers’ Championship. Fourth space went to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, with Vettel fifth ahead of Alex.
There changed into once plenty of drama in the lower half of of the end 10 on the supreme lap as Sergio Pérez passed Lando Norris for seventh space, whereas in the back of ninth-placed Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz stole P10 from Daniel Ricciardo.
2019 FIA Intention 1 Abu Dhabi Substantial Prix – Escape
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 1: 34’05.715
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 55 1: 34’22.487 16.772
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 55 1: 34’49.150 43.435
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 55 1: 34’50.094 44.379
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 55 1: 35’10.072 1: 04.357
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 55 1: 35’14.920 1: 09.205
7 Sergio Pérez Racing Level/Mercedes 54 1: 34’30.618 1 Lap
8 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 54 1: 34’31.979 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 54 1: 34’33.236 1 Lap
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 54 1: 34’36.836 1 Lap
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 54 1: 34’37.737 1 Lap
12 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 54 1: 34’39.094 1 Lap
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 54 1: 34’46.495 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 54 1: 35’01.495 1 Lap
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 54 1: 35’20.467 1 Lap
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 54 1: 35’32.482 1 Lap
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 54 1: 35’43.499 1 Lap
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 53 1: 34’17.001 2 Laps
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 53 1: 34’29.473 2 Laps
Lance Stroll Racing Level/Mercedes 45 1: 20’12.929 Brakes