F1: Lewis Hamilton concludes the season with 'master class' in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton He delivered a sumptuous confirmation of his title-winning supremacy on Sunday when he claimed his 84th victory in his career and the eleventh in 21 races this year by dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 'twilight' that ends the season.
Starting from a record position of the 88th pole, the 34-year-old Briton was not challenged from the lights to the flag as he sailed to a trouble-free win 16 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, who faced a post-race investigation for fuel irregularities.
The success of the six-time world champion extended his points scoring career to 33 races that matched the record, leveling with his own record, and brought him his 50th victory from pole position.
His fifth victory in the Yas Marina Circuit He also tied with Ayrton Senna by claiming a 19th win from start to finish.
Hamilton's teammate in Mercedes Valtteri Bottas , who had started from the back of the grid after taking a new engine, came home fourth ahead of the four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari and Alex Albon in the second Red Bull.
It was a positive moral stimulus for the competitive Finn, three days after announcing the end of his three-year marriage to Emilia.
Sergio Pérez was seventh for Racing Point in the last lap, Lando Norris was eighth for McLaren, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso ninth and Carlos Sainz, in the second McLaren, was tenth.
That was an absolute master class, Hamilton's career engineer Peter Bonnington told him on the team's radio. You didn't even sweat!
The winner, who secured title number six with two runs ahead in Texas last month, replied: I can assure you that I am definitely sweating.
Hamilton scored a classic 'grand slam' with pole position, fastest lap and victory in the race.