Formula 1

F1: Hamilton wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

Credit: Mercedes-Benz archive

Six-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton has taken a lights to flag victory at the Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton got a great start from pole position and immediately pulled clear of the rest of the field to control the race, and was never threatened, with the world champion crossing the finish line 16.7s ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Verstappen had started on the front row, but he fell behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in the opening lap of the race, and struggled for pace after his first stop, with the Dutch driver complaining of lag issues.

But, despite the issue, the Red Bull driver was able to pass Leclerc to secure second place in the race, and third in the driver’s world championship, while Leclerc had to settle for the bottom step on the podium.

Hamilton’s team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, put in a strong drive to finish fourth, despite starting last after taking an engine penalty for the final race of the year, while Sebastian Vettel ended up fifth after a slow pitstop lost him position to the Mercedes.

Alex Albon followed Vettel home to finish sixth, while Sergio Perez had a strong race in Abu Dhabi to end up seventh, after a late move on the McLaren of Lando Norris.

Daniil Kvyat was ninth, while the McLaren of Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten after passing the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg on the final lap, before Daniel Ricciardo also put a move on his team-mate for 11th,

Sainz’s last lap move on the Renault driver meant that he secured sixth place in the driver’s championship, while both Renault’s secured fifth in the constructor’s despite failing to score any points.

Kimi Raikkonen ended up 13th for Alfa Romeo, ahead of the Haas pair of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, while Antonio Giovianzzi was 16th.

George Russell was the first Williams to finish in 17th, while Pierre Gasly managed to recover to 18th place after losing his front wing on the opening lap after contact with both Racing Points, followed by a slow stop when he pitted for the wing to be changed.

Robert Kubica was last of the classified runners while Lance Stroll retired from the race after suffering a brake issue.

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