Lewis Hamilton couldn’t beget asked for great extra from the final F1 urge of 2019.
Yas Marina has continuously been a true venue for Mercedes, and so that they dominated court docket cases this weekend. Had it no longer been for Valtteri Bottas’s penalty they would beget swept the entrance row of the grid, and from there a one-two conclude would were doubtless, given he used to be in a position to upward push from 20th to fourth in a urge which featured no Security Cars or VSC.
Because it used to be, Hamilton led every lap and added quickest lap to his pole effect apart, giving him the sixth ‘mammoth slam’ of his profession. Handiest Jim Clark, on eight, has extra.
Hamilton dwelling a brand novel file for leading presumably the most races in a single season. This may also want seemed no longer doubtless after he didn’t handbook a lap of the season-opened in Melbourne. Nonetheless he’s led on the least one lap of every urge since, rather than at Monza.
He also broke the file he dwelling final year for most factors scored in a single season, elevating it from 408 to 413. Of route this file is heavily influenced by the sequence of races in a season (a file-equalling 21 this year, a brand novel file 22 on the 2020 F1 calendar) and the factors machine, which finest started awarding 25 factors for a comprise in 2010.
This year drivers were also awarded a level for setting quickest lap. Hamilton took six of those bonuses, so with out that he wouldn’t beget dwelling this novel file.
And naturally he took one other step in direction of breaking thought to be one of F1’s greatest files. His 84th profession comprise leaves him seven fearful of Michael Schumacher’s tally.
Hamilton broke a Third file by turning into the first F1 driver to score factors in every urge of a season twice. He did so this year and in 2017.
The suitable other driver to score in every urge of a season used to be Schumacher in 2002 – and he managed then when factors were finest awarded to the conclude six.
Hamilton can crash one other file first and principal of the 2020 F1 season. He scored factors for the 33rd urge in a row, equalling his beget file from 2016-17. Astonishingly, had Hamilton no longer retired from final year’s Austrian Huge Prix with a gasoline pressure misfortune, he would beget scored factors in every urge of the past three years, a complete of 67 races in a row.
Sunday used to be Hamilton’s 250th urge delivery. He’s the ninth driver to succeed in this number, though Kimi Raikkonen is properly earlier than him on 312, and can cross Rubens Barrichello’s all-time file of 322 next season.
Hamilton’s comprise and pole intended Mercedes did the double in Abu Dhabi for the sixth year in a row. Ferrari remain yet to comprise or bewitch pole effect apart at this venue. Hamilton’s 88th profession pole effect apart ended his 9-urge stride with out a pole – his longest since 2013 – and ability he now has 20 poles greater than any other driver within the history of the game.
Max Verstappen ended the year third within the factors standings, which is his perfect ever conclude. It’s also the finest for a Honda-powered driver since Jenson Button’s third blueprint for BAR-Honda 15 years ago. Fourth blueprint for Charles Leclerc used to be his personal easiest, and the first time Sebastian Vettel’s executed within the support of by a team mate since Daniel Ricciardo beat him at Renault five years ago.
A final-lap cross by Carlos Sainz Jnr secured sixth blueprint within the championship for the McLaren driver. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers beget occupied the conclude six in every of the old seasons.
The final team from outdoors these three to get a driver into the conclude six used to be Williams in 2015. In an even illustration in how their fortunes beget modified, the team executed final for the 2d year in a row this season.
Robert Kubica ended his final urge for the team with out a level and Sainz’s final-lap lunge intended the same came about to Nico Hulkenberg on his swansong drive for Renault. Hulkenberg departs the game with the unhappy distinction of getting started 177 races with out ever ending on the rostrum – presumably the most of any driver in F1 history.
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