Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to finish off dominating season

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has won his 11th race of 2019 after dominating the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finishing in second.

The British driver saw off his sixth Drivers' Championship in style, finishing 16 seconds ahead of second place.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished in third place, while Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished 44 seconds behind him in fourth.

The win for Hamilton means he has now won at the Abu Dhabi GP for the second year in a row. It also means he's equalled Ayrton Senna’s record of 19 Grand Prix victories from start to finish.

Hamilton was dominant from the start after qualifying in pole position. At times the British driver was 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the drivers, which is testament to a convincing display of Hamilton’s skill and his Mercedes’ speed.

There was drama from the outset as Charles Leclerc overtook Max Verstappen just after the start. By lap 5, Hamilton was opening up a three-second lead over Leclerc.

Lap 20 saw Bottas fight his way up to fourth after starting the race at the back of the grid, while a real fight for second place was developing between Leclerc and Verstappen.

During lap 32, Verstappen managed to finally overtake Leclerc following a wheel-to-wheel tussle, leading to applause from the Red Bull team.

The two young drivers put on excellent displays of their driving abilities throughout the race, but Hamilton was too far in front to be caught.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel managed to beat Alex Albon to fifth place, finishing over a minute behind Hamilton.

His finish means Ferrari ended the season on 504 points in the Constructors’ Championship, a long way off Mercedes who were victorious with 739 points.

Perez, Norris, Kvyat and Sainz made up the rest of the top 10.

Red Bull finished in third place in the Constructors’ Championship, ahead of McLaren in fourth.

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