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Sport Lewis Hamilton continues to sustain his brilliance in the twilight of his career while German Grand Prix has to be race of the year just for the drama and comedy: Sportsmail reviews the 2019 F1 season

12:25  02 december  2019
12:25  02 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Hamilton sends 'massive' apology to Albon after Interlagos shunt

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) World champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his 11th win of the season in Formula One's Abu Dhabi finale on Sunday after a monumental campaign of racing.

From the fierce rivalry at Ferrari between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc to the shocking death of Anthoine Hubert, this has been a captivating season.

Sportsmail's JONATHAN McEVOY offers his review of the campaign. 

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a group of baseball players standing on top of each other: The 219 Formula One season came to a close at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail The 219 Formula One season came to a close at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday

DRIVER OF THE YEAR: LEWIS HAMILTON 

He was not at his pyrotechnical best over one lap. Perhaps at 34, we should not expect so many qualifying performances that defy physics. But he mostly drove well within himself to notch his sixth title with two races to spare in a car that was often second best. 

He is harnessing his experience across every facet of his driving, which is how he can sustain his brilliance into the Indian summer of his career. Max Verstappen was exceptional but revealed a couple too many moments of impetuosity.

  a man standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Although he is now 34, Lewis Hamilton remains an incredible driver in winning a sixth title © Provided by Daily Mail Although he is now 34, Lewis Hamilton remains an incredible driver in winning a sixth title

RACE OF THE YEAR: GERMAN GRAND PRIX 

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High marks to Brazil. Lowest marks to Le Castellet in France, which is being redesigned to make it a half-interesting track. But for drama and comedy, the winner is Hockenheim. 

Even Hamilton spun off twice in the wet and asked to retire. Valtteri Bottas crashed out, prompting Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to slam his fists on the table. Others slid into the gravel. The most farcical moment was Hamilton’s pit stop. The boys were not ready. Cue Laurel and Hardy scenes. Tyres were ferried in an out. One chap hurt his back. Hamilton was in there for 50 seconds. Oh dear.

  a fire truck driving down a runway at an airport: There were farcical scenes throughout the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim © Provided by Daily Mail There were farcical scenes throughout the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

MOMENT OF THE YEAR: ANTHOINE HUBERT'S DEATH 

 On a sad note, Hubert died in the F2 race at Spa. Few crashes stop you in your tracks the moment you see them the way this one did. The most heart-rending sight was the 22-year-old’s mother, Nathalie, holding his crash helmet among the mourning circle of bowed heads on the grid. She hid her eyes behind dark glasses.

'Me and Lewis Hamilton will have some fun': MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi ready for ride swap as F1 champion predicts 'surreal' switch

  'Me and Lewis Hamilton will have some fun': MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi ready for ride swap as F1 champion predicts 'surreal' switch Hamilton, who collected his F1 champion's trophy at an FIA gala in Paris on Friday, will head to Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit for the closed event organised by mutual sponsor Monster. Video: "Lewis Hamilton: A career in numbers" (The Independent) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_192239d0-18aa-432d-8c92-adc578560ecf").all(); }); 'I think me and @LewisHamilton will have some fun soon,' Rossi teased on his Instagram feed next to a picture of him sitting in a Mercedes F1 car.

  a group of people standing in front of a crowd: After the death F2 driver Anthoine Hubert, his mother Nathalie held his helmet at a memorial © Provided by Daily Mail After the death F2 driver Anthoine Hubert, his mother Nathalie held his helmet at a memorial

RIVALRY OF THE YEAR: VETTEL v LECLERC

Who is No 1 at Ferrari? That is the question Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have pulled apart like a Christmas cracker. The answer is Leclerc, with more wins, more poles, more points — and victory at Monza. One problem is Vettel, paid £36million a year, won’t lie down. Another is that the leadership at the team appears weak. They will, it seems, endure another year of squabbling.

  Sebastian Vettel standing on a baseball field: Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc (L) and Sebastian Vettel (R) both want to be the team's main driver © Provided by Daily Mail Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc (L) and Sebastian Vettel (R) both want to be the team's main driver

BEST NEW BRIT - GEORGE RUSSELL 

It is hard to tell exactly how well Russell has driven in a Williams as slow as a milk float but he just wins my vote ahead of Lando Norris. Both have acquitted themselves well. However, the way Russell has taken on the leadership of the team, has impressed. At 21, he is two years older than Norris and it shows.

Russell’s figures are impressive by the only available metric, against his team-mate Robert Kubica. Qualifying: 21-0.

Alonso leaving F1 door 'open' for 2021

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  a man wearing a black shirt: Williams driver George Russell has shown exceptional leadership at the age of just 21 © Provided by Daily Mail Williams driver George Russell has shown exceptional leadership at the age of just 21

MOST IMPROVED TEAM: McLAREN 

What a turnaround for McLaren: fourth in the championship, their highest finish since 2012. This halts a decline dating back more than a decade. It started with them losing their engine partners, headline sponsors and star driver — Mercedes, Vodafone and Hamilton. Last year they cleared out some deadwood after this paper’s Freddo-gate revelations. Andreas Seidl, a focused German, was drafted in to bring much-needed grip. A podium for Carlos Sainz in Brazil was the reward. But there is still a long way to go to the top, which was once McLaren’s first and only interest.

 

FAREWELL OF THE YEAR: ROBERT KUBICA 

Kubica thankfully took his leave of Williams yesterday. He had tried to prove he was as good as he had been when he had full use of his two arms, prior to a terrible rally accident in 2011. It was always unlikely. That he got back into Formula One after was a giant achievement in itself but it was not nice to see him — a contemporary Hamilton rated very seriously indeed — as a shadow of his old, remarkable self.

  a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: Veteran Williams driver Robert Kubica has finally decided to retire from Formula One © Provided by Daily Mail Veteran Williams driver Robert Kubica has finally decided to retire from Formula One

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: NIKI LAUDA 

Ferrari 'lost' title before F1 2019

  Ferrari 'lost' title before F1 2019 Ferrari say they lost the F1 2019 championship battle before the season even began after designing a car which was "not good enough".Although Ferrari turned heads in pre-season testing with their pace, their season quickly unravelled after a crushing opener in Australia and the famous Italian team didn't secure a victory until after the summer break, by which point their championship optimism had long been a distant memory.

Lauda died aged 70 after a lifetime’s defiance. Finally, he succumbed to the toxic gases he inhaled when he almost burned to death at the Nurburgring in 1976. 

‘He was a super driver but far above that he was a special man,’ said Bernie Ecclestone. ‘A bit of me wishes Niki could have lived a peaceful life but that would not have suited him. He was a fighter.’ 

Charlie Whiting, the race director, died suddenly in Melbourne, respected by all.

Niki Lauda wearing a hat: Legendary driver and former world champion Niki Lauda died earlier this season aged 70 © Provided by Daily Mail Legendary driver and former world champion Niki Lauda died earlier this season aged 70

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Ricciardo didn't regret or question Renault move .
Daniel Ricciardo insists there never came a moment where he regretted or questioned his decision to leave Red Bull for Renault despite the French manufacturer’s 2019 struggles. Ricciardo ended his five-year stint with Red Bull to join Renault for this season, but endured a tough first year with the team. Renault’s form proved erratic throughout the campaign, as it failed to carry forward the momentum from its fourth place finish in 2018. WithRicciardo ended his five-year stint with Red Bull to join Renault for this season, but endured a tough first year with the team.

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