News ID: 234785
Published: 0353 GMT November 25, 2018

Hamilton finishes F1 season with Abu Dhabi victory

Hamilton finishes F1 season with Abu Dhabi victory
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on November 25, 2018.

Lewis Hamilton ended the F1 2018 season with another dominant victory after streaking away from his rivals in the Abu Dhabi GP finale.

Hamilton led from lights to flag in the desert to take an 11th win of the year, holding off an early challenge from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas before finishing four seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, Sky Sports reported.

"I am so happy right now," said an ecstatic world champion.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth for Red Bull but never looked to have the pace of their rivals, despite momentarily looking in contention for a win as an unexpected shower fell in Yas Marina.

Bottas struggled after a comfortable start to the F1 finale – the Finn, who ends the season without a victory for Mercedes, was comfortably in second for much of the race but lost three positions in four laps to Vettel, Verstappen and Ricciardo.

"I think he's just psychologically battered," said Sky F1's Martin Brundle as Bottas finished fifth.

Carlos Sainz was an impressive sixth for Renault, making the most of a retirement for Kimi Raikkonen as the 38-year-old ending his Ferrari career with an early mechanical failure.

Fernando Alonso also failed to finish on a high in what is likely to be his last F1 race, with the two-time world champion finishing 11th and just outside the points despite a typically dogged and determined drive in his McLaren.

But the Spaniard still lapped up praise after the race, joining title rivals Hamilton and Vettel for doughnuts in front of a packed grandstand under the lights.


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