Catch me if you can: Hamilton sets the 2020 score for the next generation

Abu Dhabi, December 1, 2019 (AFP) - Machine gun He placed a marker for the young suitors to his crown on Sunday when he completed 2019 with a masterful triumph in Greater Abu Dhabi , his eleventh victory this year and 84 of his career. The six-time world champion started from his 88th position on the pole, had no problems, led each lap and achieved a lap record for the Yas Marina circuit on his way to his 50th victory from the 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 see people who inspire me and send me messages that encourage me. Thanks for watching. Thanks for supporting. I feel very happy today, man. When asked during an official post-race interview with former driver David Coulthard about the competition in 2020 of Max Verstappen of Red Bull, who finished second, and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, who came home third, but faced a post-race investigation of 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 time off and be with family and friends, and come back stronger next year. "There were a few little things in this race that were issues, but it wouldn't have made any difference. We had to do things differently to Ferrari, our pace was decent, but Machine gun was too quick." 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 have 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. str/dj This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)