F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018, Lewis Hamilton Won Season Finale
Lewis Hamilton wrapped up this 2018 F1 season with a victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday.
The MercedesAMG hot shoe was already the world champion ahead of this final race. He started at the Pole position and was in total control throughout the race.
Behind him, there was a battle for steps 2 and 3 on the podium with Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking those, respectively.
In his final F1 race, 2X world champion Fernando Alonso finished in 11th.
The start of the race appeared uneventful, as all the leaders got away cleanly with Mr. Hamilton in 1st place.
However, right away Nico Hulkenberg was involved in a spectacular crash, as his Renault flipped over a couple of times and ended up propped against the barriers upside down.
Unsurprisingly, the safety car came out quickly, and while Mr. Hulkenberg confirmed he was all well and good, there was some concern as the vehicle caught fire.
The car was turned over, and Mr. Hulkenberg was freed as the race got underway again. It did not last long for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, though, as his final race for the Scuderia ended with him parked up on the main straight with no power.
As the race continued, there was an interesting sight on the weather radar, as rain was anticipated at the circuit despite Abu Dhabi’s desert location.
The heavens did not open and there was no need for intermediate tires to come out.
After the 21st lap any chance of a frantic finish to the season disappeared, as the drivers ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo found extra pace in the closing stages. And Mr. Hamilton, in a season he has dominated, took the Chequered flag easily.
The win was Mr. Hamilton’s 11th this year.
Till next season, all the best.