Tales from the paddock: Triumphant conclusion to the F1 campaign in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit is one of the standout fixtures on the Formula One calendar, and for Mercedes the season ended as it had begun in mid-March.
- This is what happened: Results and facts
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This is what happened: Results and facts
- Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finish the season as World Champion and runner-up, with the Constructors’ Title going to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
Facts & figures from Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rounded off the 2019 Formula One season in style. For the sixth year running, the Yas Marina Circuit proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Silver Arrows. Lewis made it six straight wins in a row for the team on this track, five of which go to his personal account. Lewis secured pole position, posted the fastest race lap and recorded a lights-to-flag victory – the sixth such Grand Slam in his career. His win at the Yas Marina Circuit was also his 19th lights-to-flag triumph in the highest echelon of the sport, matching the previous highest score set by Ayrton Senna. On Saturday, he secured his fifth pole in Abu Dhabi and the sixth in a row for the team at this particular venue. Valtteri meanwhile received a grid penalty and was obliged to start from the rear of the field. Undaunted, he mounted a heroic charge that ultimately brought him through to fourth place – just 0.944 seconds short of a Top Three finish. One other statistic: last Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the 250th for Lewis Hamilton, which puts him in second place behind Kimi Räikkönen in terms of total F1 starts.
The season in numbers: For the sixth year in a row, Mercedes won the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ World Championship: in addition to claiming both titles, the Silver Arrows also have a World Championship runner-up in their ranks, namely Valtteri Bottas. Lewis improved on his personal championship points record by chalking up 413 this time – five more than his previous best. And when this total is combined with Valtteri’s, it produces a new team record. The 739 points they scored between them towards the constructors’ championship amount to almost 80 percent of the maximum possible. In the course of the 21 races in 2019, Lewis led the field for 511 laps (equivalent to 2,538 kilometres), not surprisingly more than anyone else on this year’s grid. Before the race even got underway, Lewis had already clinched the 2019 Fastest Lap Award; he then emphasised his dominance in this particular category by posting yet another fastest race lap, his sixth of the year. Lewis made podium appearances in 17 of the 21 races contested during 2019 – a figure that is matched only by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. But the difference is that he has accomplished this feat four times in his career (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). Mercedes won by far the most races this season – eleven victories for Lewis and four for Valtteri – and had the most Top Three finishes. Lewis (17) and Valtteri (15) made 32 podium appearances between them – one more than all other teams combined. The qualifying battle was tighter: Mercedes prevailed over Ferrari by ten pole positions to nine. Lewis and Valtteri ended the campaign on level pegging here with five P1 starts each.
The World Champion in numbers: For Lewis Hamilton, 2019 was again a season of superlatives. He wrote another chapter of Formula One history by claiming his sixth world title and edging ever closer to record world championship winner Michael Schumacher who is on seven. In other departments too, Lewis is proving unstoppable. In Abu Dhabi, he secured his 88th pole position and his 84th Grand Prix victory. While he already leads the all-time pole statistics by a large margin, he is closing in on the current record holder for race wins, namely Schumacher on 91. The same goes for podiums: Lewis has ascended the podium 151 times in 250 races. Only Schumacher has more to show with 155 podium finishes. Lewis also holds the record for successive points finishes – 33 – and this a run that he can continue in 2020.
Social Media News
# F1InSchools: In the run-up to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton put in a surprise appearance at a session organised by the F1 in Schools team.
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