Lewis Hamilton Wraps Up End of Season Grand Prix With Dominant Victory

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Hamilton leads - daiilycarblog.com

From beginning to end, the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a lackluster affair, at least at the front where Lewis Hamilton led the race from start to finish. Hamilton eased his Mercedes to victory and in the process earned his 11th win of the season, despite only having 5 pole positions to his name. As dominant as his victory in Abu Dhabi was, Hamilton has had to work hard for the other 10 victories. During the early season, Valtteri Bottas raised his game and looked like a season long threat. Hamilton simply raised his game further and in the process made porridge out of Bottas. Then Ferrari surged, but Hamilton eventually overcame them.

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - daiilycarblog.com

Then Red Bull Honda surged, but Hamilton was up to the task of taking the fight to them. When he wasn’t winning he was always there or thereabouts, chalking up the points and podiums if victory wasn’t possible. And yet the end of season Grand Prix was how Mercedes started the first three races. Total domination. In the end, Red Bull tried their best but Hamilton was too quick on the day.

Valtteri Bottas was forced to start the race at the back of the field after accumulating engine penalties. But he made use of the advantage bequeathed to him by Mercedes and ended the race with a fighting 4th. Charles Leclerc retained 3rd after the FIA took no action relating to pre-race fuel irregularities. But in truth, Ferrari was no match for Mercedes. However, the 2019 Abu Dhabi race wasn’t short of entertainment.

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - opening lap - daiilycarblog.com

Certainly, the mid-field battle was more intense with plenty of action to witness, as there always is. McLaren won the honors for 4th place in the constructor’s championship. But if they had retained the Honda works engine they could have won much more. Nevertheless, can anyone match Hamilton’s and Mercedes’s consistency in 2020?

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Hamilton secures victory - daiilycarblog.com

With the rules and regulations stable for another season, it appears Mercedes will have a slight advantage for 2020. But Honda engine power could emerge as a credible threat to both Mercedes and Ferrari after a promising start with partners Red Bull.

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix results

144 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes551:34:05.71526
233 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda55+16.772s18
316 Charles Leclerc Ferrari55+43.435s15
477 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes55+44.379s12
55 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari55+64.357s10
623 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda55+69.205s8
711 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes54+1 lap6
84 Lando Norris McLaren Renault54+1 lap4
926 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda54+1 lap2
1055 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault54+1 lap1
113 Daniel Ricciardo Renault54+1 lap0
1227 Nico Hulkenberg Renault54+1 lap0
137 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari54+1 lap0
1420 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari54+1 lap0
158 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari54+1 lap0
1699 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari54+1 lap0
1763 George Russell Williams Mercedes54+1 lap0
1810 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda53+2 laps0
1988 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes53+2 laps0
NC18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes45DNF0

Note – Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.


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