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HAMILTON COMES OUT ON TOP IN ABU DHABI


Lewis Hamilton managed a fine victory leading every single lap of the last race of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Finishing ahead of Verstappen (Red Bull) in second and Leclerc (Ferrari) in third. It was a clean start from Hamilton and those close behind however further down the grid Stroll (Racing Point) made contact with Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso causing the front wing of the Italian teams front wing to drop off leaving Gasly far behind the rest of the grid by turn two.

13 laps in we start to see the first of the pit stops with a double stack from Ferrari with Charles Leclerc pitting first for a fresh set of hard tyres replacing the softs he started on. Vettel then moves into position for his first pit stop of the race.

Then another 13 laps later the Red Bull of Max Verstappen makes his first stop putting him behind the Ferrari of Leclerc.

Half way through the final race of the season Verstappen and Leclerc have a fantastic battle through the second sector Verstappen making the first overtake going past both Leclerc and the already lapped Williams of George Russell, then Leclerc is able to come back just a few corners later going wheel to wheel with the Red Bull momentarily. However Verstappen hangs onto second.

With less than ten laps left Perez makes a brilliant late braking move on the departing Nico Hulkenberg at the end of the long straight. Giving Perez eighth place.

On the penultimate lap Vettel and Albon trade positions through the middle sector with Vettel coming out on top.

This wraps up a year of some amazing races and blogging. The F1 season will go again in March at the season opener in Australia in 2020. Will we have a close fight between Mercedes and Ferrari and can someone stop Lewis Hamilton equalling Schumacher's record of seven WDC.

The next race is the 2020 Australian Grand Prix


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