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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hamilton crush Verstappen in Abu Dhabi GP, season's 11th victory

Lewis Hamilton dominated Abu Dhabi GP 2019 for 11th win of the season.

After 21 races and the intense track action, the curtain will finally fall on another campaign in the desert at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton went unchallenged en road to victory in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he closed out the season with an 11th victory for Mercedes.

Hamilton was able to retain his advantage over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen off the line before creating a gap over the field through the opening stint, dropping the Dutchman into the clutches of the Ferrari drivers behind.

Low tyre degradation allowed Hamilton to complete a long first stint, covering off Verstappen with a stop on Lap 26 before emerging still leading.

Hamilton's recording the fastest lap with three to go to pick up the bonus point and complete a Grand Slam (pole, fastest lap, win, lead every lap).

Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP 2019, season's 11th, 83 career victory.

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Hamilton's victory was his 11th of the 21 races that have been held this season, and equals his previous best performance, achieved in 2014 and 2018.

 It also moves his career total to 84 wins, just seven behind the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher.

What they Said.?

Hamilton,   who tied up the title last month at the US Grand Prix, said: "I'm proud but just super-grateful for this incredible team and all at Mercedes who have continued to push this year. Even though we had the championship won we wanted to keep our head down and see if we could extract more from this beautiful car."

Verstappen:   "To be P3 in the championship was a nice ending. We are all working hard, but good to take some time off and be with family and friends and come back stronger next year."

Leclerc:   "I've learned a huge amount thanks to Seb, it's been a great year a realisation of the dream since I was child to be with Ferrari and in Formula 1 and it's up to me to get better and give them the success they deserve."

2019 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race Results

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport55 laps
2Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda+16.772s
3Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari+43.435s
4Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport+44.379s
5Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari+1m 04.357s
6Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda+1m 09.205s
7Sergio PerezMEXSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team+1 lap
8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team+1 lap
9Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda+1 lap
10Carlos SainzESPMcLaren F1 Team+1 lap
11Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team+1 lap
12Nico HulkenbergGERRenault F1 Team+1 lap
13Kimi RaikkonenITAAlfa Romeo Racing+1 lap
14Kevin MagnussenDENRich Energy Haas F1 Team+1 lap
15Romain GrosjeanFRARich Energy Haas F1 Team+1 lap
16Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing+1 lap
17George RussellGBRROKiT Williams Racing+1 lap
18Pierre GaslyFRARed Bull Toro Rosso Honda+2 laps
19Robert KubicaPOLROKiT Williams Racing+2 laps
DNFLance StrollCANSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team47 laps

What next Race in Formula 1. (F1)?

A well-earned break from travelling for everyone in F1 after a long, hard season. There is some testing in Abu Dhabi this coming week, to settle the detail of the tyres to be used in 2020, and then it will be all hands on deck at the teams' headquarters as they prepare their new cars and the drivers take a short break over Christmas, before preparations begin for the start of next season in Australia on 13-15 March.

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