World champion Lewis Hamilton finishes F1 season with win in Abu Dhabi GP

first_imgWorld champion Lewis Hamilton coasted to victory from pole position at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.Having already secured a fifth F1 title, the British Mercedes driver beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the Yas Marina circuit to secure his 11th win of the season and 73rd of his career.It was a symbolic finish to a season where, again, he showed his superiority under pressure to beat Vettel into second place overall for the second straight year.Wins #AbuDhabiGPImpromptu audition for Magic Mike 3 #F1 @LewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/FF3WcnFRPBFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018″I am so happy right now,” said Hamilton after Hollywood actor Will Smith brought down the chequered flag at the floodlit Yas Marina circuit on Sunday.The Brit, who has won 51 of the 100 races in the V6 turbo hybrid era, became the first driver to score more than 400 points in a season with a final tally of 408.His victory also left him 18 wins away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.DRIVER STANDINGSAs the chequered flag falls, the final points of 2018 are in… @LewisHamilton becomes the first driver to break the 400-point barrierKimi *just* holds on to P3, with Verstappen and Bottas right behind #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/pKRfEC9UsnFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished third ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo for a fifth straight podium.The race was held up after a spectacular crash on Lap 1 involving Nico Hulkenberg, who was sent tumbling into the barriers and eventually settled upside down by French driver Romain Grosjean. The Renault driver was unharmed and eventually climbed out.advertisementVeteran Spanish driver Fernando Alonso placed 11th with McLaren in his last F1 race with the team.With both championships already won, Hamilton taking his in Mexico with two races to spare and Mercedes sealing their fifth successive constructors’ and drivers’ double in Brazil, Sunday’s focus was on the race and those moving on — particularly Alonso.We knew they were comingBut we didn’t know it would be these three #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/PAZF1QEsfAFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018Hamilton, Vettel and the Spaniard — three great champions — spun their cars in a cloud of smoke at the end of their slowing down lap, before stepping out for hugs and words of mutual respect.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more