World Champion Lewis Hamilton wins the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit, beating the likes of Max Verstappen and Charles Lerclerc.
Hamilton takes the win at the 2019 Abu Dubai F1 Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton achieved his 84th F1 win on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc who took second and third place respectively alongside him on the podium.
Lewis matched his personal-best of 11 victories in one year and managed to set a new points record for a season with 413. He beat Max Verstappen at the Yas Marina circuit by 17 seconds.
Hamilton thanked Mercedes and his team for their support in helping him to achieve the win.
What a way to end the season. I’m so grateful to my team @MercedesAMGF1 for the hard work they have put in this year, constantly raising the bar. But above all, thank you #TeamLH for your support. The positivity you give me is overwhelming. I feel your love all around the world. pic.twitter.com/Yaf4cCYlmi— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 1, 2019
Ferrari faces fines but Leclerc maintains 3rd place
After a battle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen went on to secure second place. Despite finishing third, Leclerc overtook the Dutchman on the first lap, but Verstappen was able to overtake and regain the lead when Leclerc had to make a pit stop.
Lerclerc’s third place position looked to be on the line at one point, when stewards decided to investigate the starting weight fuel information that was provided by his team. He was found to have started with 5kg more fuel than was declared by Ferrari and although Leclerc was allowed to keep his third place title, Ferrari was fined $50,000.
Top ten finishers
Yas Marina celebrates the race finale in style
A spectacular fireworks display marked the end of the 2019 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Yas Marina showed off the footage on their Twitter page.
The Grand Prix has featured after-race concerts again this year each day, with the likes of Lana Del Rey and The Killers taking the stage. Travis Scott had been set to headine but cancelled at the last moment.