Catch me if you can: Hamilton sets the 2020 score for the next generation
ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton He put a score on the young suitors to his crown on Sunday when he completed 2019 with a masterful triumph at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his eleventh victory this year and the 84th of his career.
The six-time world champion started from his 88th pole position, had no problems, led each lap and achieved a lap record for the Yas Marina Circuit Road to his 50th victory from pole.
His career engineer Peter Bonnington told him that his performance had been a master class, as he slowed down before delivering a series of 'donuts' to delight fans.
I am honestly proud, definitely, but I am super grateful to this amazing team and to all the people in Mercedes who have continued to press this year, Hamilton said.
Who would have thought that, at the end of the year, we had the strength and learned, and tried, to extract more from this beautiful car?
I am very grateful to the LH Team! I travel all over the world to different countries and I see people who inspire me and send me messages that encourage me.
Thanks for watching. Thanks for supporting. I feel very happy today, man.
Asked during an official post-race interview with the former driver David Coulthard about the Red Bull's competition in 2020 Max Verstappen , who finished second, and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, who came home third, but faced a post-race investigation for fuel irregularities, Hamilton was generous.
These guys. Many young people are coming, he said.
It's great to be in a period of time in which many young people enter, and I have the privilege of being here while they pass.
The young tyro leader, the Dutchman Verstappen, admitted that he was not fast enough in Sunday's race to catch Hamilton.
Being P3 in the championship was a good ending, he said. We are all working hard, but it is good to take some time off and be with family and friends, and come back stronger next year.
There were some little things in this race that were problems, but it wouldn't have made any difference. We had to do things differently from Ferrari, our pace was decent, but Lewis was too fast.
Leclerc, speaking before the commissioners met to consider Ferrari 's alleged fuel irregularity, said: I am extremely happy with this year.
I learned a lot, thanks to Seb. It has been a great year and the realization of a dream that I had since I was a child to be with Ferrari and in Formula One and it is up to me to improve and give them the success they deserve.