Hamilton Untouchable During Abu Dhabi Finale

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Mercedes Photo)
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Mercedes Photo)

YAS ISLAND, Abu Dhabi – Lewis Hamilton made a statement with a dominant win in the Formula One season finale at the Yas Island Circuit on Sunday.

Hamilton started from the pole aboard his Mercedes and led every lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to secure his 11th victory of the season and the 84th of his historic Formula One career.

Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix served as the 50th time Hamilton has started from the pole and gone on to win the race. It was also the 19th time Hamilton has led every lap during a Grand Prix, matching the all-time record previously owned outright by Ayrton Senna.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished a distant second, more than 16 seconds behind the dominant Mercedes driver. He tried to pressure Hamilton at the start, but Hamilton simply eased away and was never seriously challenged.

“What a way to end the season. As a team, as a whole, we’ve been very strong this weekend and Valtteri did a great job today as well. I’m just so grateful for everyone’s continued hard work and dedication this year, we continue to raise the bar together. The support has been unbelievable, I’m completely overwhelmed, so a big, big thank you to everyone at the track but also back home who supports me,” Hamilton said. “This has probably been the biggest year of growth for us as a team, so I hope that that will put us in a good position for a new challenge next year. I’ve had some great races with Valtteri, Max and Charles this year and I anticipate that it will be even tougher competition in 2020. These guys will be working flat out to try and raise the bar, so I’m under no illusion that I will have to do the same this winter, but I wholeheartedly think I can. I feel fresh and just ready to keep going and I’m looking forward to another challenge next year.”

Charles Leclerc crossed the finish line in third to complete the podium for Ferrari. The Ferrari team was being investigated for a fuel discrepancy discovered prior to the start of Sunday’s race, but the team was only fined and Leclerc got to keep his place on the podium.

Valtteri Bottas marched through the field after starting at the rear because of a power unit parts change, finishing fourth. He was right on the gearbox of Leclerc over the final laps, but failed to find a way around him.

Sebastian Vettel finished fifth in the second Ferrari, more than 60 seconds behind Hamilton’s dominant Mercedes.

The remainder of the top-10 included Alexander Albon, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr.