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Will Smith's attendance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix caused a stir among Formula 1 fans

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Lewis Hamilton secured victory in the final race of the 2018 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi.

The Brit, who secured his fifth world title in Mexico last month, led ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

What was meant to be a serious battle between Hamilton and Vettel ended in a straightforward win for the Mercedes driver - he finished the season with 408 points, 88 more than Vettel - but the 33-year-old is expecting fierce competition from Ferrari in 2019.

"It's been a real honour and a privilege racing against Sebastian. I've known him since our Formula 3 days and he's an honest driver who has always raced his heart out,” Hamilton said after the race.

“There's so much pressure on us guys, so don't judge us by our faults. I know he's going to come back stronger next year."

The final race of the season was also a chance for F1 fans to say goodbye to Fernando Alonso, who bows out after an outstanding career in the sport.

Yet for some viewers, their coverage wasn’t ruined slightly by the coverage afforded not to any of the drivers, but to Will Smith.

Will Smith was in attendance

The American actor was in attendance - it was on his bucket list to be part of a grand prix.

But viewers couldn’t escape Smith - he was everywhere. He commenced the formation lap, operated a TV camera and waved the chequered flag.

Smith was there at every turn, and it was too much for some viewers who expressed their disappointment at Liberty Media.

Many felt that it took the attention away from where it should have been - on the race and on the drivers.

Smith also featured in a video in which he pretended to kidnap Hamilton and take his place in the Mercedes car.

On the track, Vettel finished more than two seconds behind Hamilton.

“He controlled the race at the front,” the German said.

“I would have liked it to be a bit more wheel to wheel. We will try to give them more competition next year."

Topics:
Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Mercedes
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