Lewis Hamilton ends Formula 1 season with dominant victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

A dominant Lewis Hamilton rounded off his world-championship winning campaign in style with an 11th win of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton led from start-to-finish in a commanding display as he secured the 84th win of his career and moved to within seven of Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished runner-up following a fine move on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who took the chequered flag in third. Verstappen's drive to second ensured he finished the season as the best of the rest behind Mercedes duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas, who started last following his grid penalty for an engine change, took the flag in fourth. But the Finn could yet be promoted one place with Leclerc's podium under threat following a fuel irregularity. The Monegasque has been summoned to report to the stewards.

Sebastian Vettel passed Red Bull's Alex Albon for fifth with two laps remaining. Vettel's race was thwarted by a slow pit stop.

Hamilton ended a nine-race pole position drought on Saturday, and his win under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit was never in doubt after he beat Verstappen to the first corner.

Such was the ease of Hamilton's win that he even had time to ponder over the radio with his team what might happen if the safety car was deployed.

There would be no such concerns for the 34-year-old Briton - his Mercedes team performing a routine one-stop strategy midway through the 55-lap season-concluding race - as Hamilton took the chequered flag 16.7 seconds clear of Verstappen, lapping the entire field up to sixth.

Hamilton, who claimed his latest world title with two races to spare, is the only driver to score points at all 21 races this term.

His total of 413 is the greatest any driver has ever recorded, beating his previous record from two years ago by five points.

Verstappen bemoaned a series of technical issues throughout the second half of the race, but that did not stop him from passing Leclerc to take second.

On lap 32, Verstappen drew alongside Leclerc on the run down to the left-handed Turn 8 before stamping on his brakes later than his Ferrari rival and making the move stick.

Leclerc had a nibble back at Verstappen four corners later, but the Red Bull man saw off his rival's advances to keep the place.

Leclerc deserves great credit for finishing above Vettel in the standings in his first year with the Scuderia. But Leclerc's campaign could yet end on a sour note if the stewards decide to take action.

McLaren's Lando Norris was unable to keep Sergio Perez at bay, finishing the final race of his debut campaign in eighth, while his fellow British rookie George Russell was 17th.

Russell's team-mate Robert Kubica, who escaped action for banging wheels with Antonio Giovinazzi, took the flag in 19th on his final appearance in the sport.

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Kilbricken Storm returns to the scene of his finest hour1

Value Bet: A Storm brewing

Our racing expert Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections for day one of Cheltenham's December meeting on Friday and he has three tips.

Arsenal celebrate a goal at Standard Liege2

Europa League: Arsenal fight back

A review of Thursday's action in the Europa League as Arsenal came from behind to draw 2-2 with Standard Liege while Man United won 4-0.

Check out the latest in-depth racing preview3

Friday's racing preview

Cogry looks to have a fine chance of repeating last year's victory at Cheltenham, according to Keith Hamer - he has a tip for every race on Friday.

Kilbricken Storm is backed to score4

Oli Bell: Friday's Best Bets

Oli Bell fancies former Festival hero Kilbricken Storm to come roaring back to form on his seasonal return at Cheltenham on Friday.

Ronnie O'Sullivan5

Rocket sets up Selby clash

A review of Thursday's action at the Scottish Open, where Ronnie O'Sullivan set up a last eight encounter with Mark Selby.

Most Read

Kilbricken Storm returns to the scene of his finest hour1

Value Bet: A Storm brewing

Our racing expert Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections for day one of Cheltenham's December meeting on Friday and he has three tips.

Arsenal celebrate a goal at Standard Liege2

Europa League: Arsenal fight back

A review of Thursday's action in the Europa League as Arsenal came from behind to draw 2-2 with Standard Liege while Man United won 4-0.

Check out the latest in-depth racing preview3

Friday's racing preview

Cogry looks to have a fine chance of repeating last year's victory at Cheltenham, according to Keith Hamer - he has a tip for every race on Friday.

Kilbricken Storm is backed to score4

Oli Bell: Friday's Best Bets

Oli Bell fancies former Festival hero Kilbricken Storm to come roaring back to form on his seasonal return at Cheltenham on Friday.

Ronnie O'Sullivan5

Rocket sets up Selby clash

A review of Thursday's action at the Scottish Open, where Ronnie O'Sullivan set up a last eight encounter with Mark Selby.

Racing Tips

Kilbricken Storm returns to the scene of his finest hour

Value Bet: A Storm brewing

Our racing expert Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections for day one of Cheltenham's December meeting on Friday and he has three tips.

Kilbricken Storm is backed to score

Oli Bell: Friday's Best Bets

Oli Bell fancies former Festival hero Kilbricken Storm to come roaring back to form on his seasonal return at Cheltenham on Friday.

Rock The Kasbah in action

Simon Holt: Rock on

Simon Holt has been in sizzling form with his big-race tips and has two more selections for Friday's action at Cheltenham.

Next Race Off

02:11 Delta Downs
6
(6)
Aloha Betty
J: Roberto Morales
5
(5)
No No No
J: Jansen Melancon
7
(7)
Condesa's Handmaid
J: Odilon Martinez

Football Tips

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package and free tips

Saturday's Premier League tips

Betting previews, Super 6 predictions & best bets for Saturday's action, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester.

Our best bets for the latest round of Europa League fixtures

Europa League betting preview

It's the final set of group games and Paul Higham expects goals at Man Utd and Wolves, and even fancies backing Arsenal away.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action

Sky Bet EFL: Weekend preview

After getting a full house of winning tips in the Sky Bet EFL last weekend, Tom Carnduff is back with four best bets for the latest action.