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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 marks his 250th grand prix with F1 season finale victory

  Hamilton marks his 250th grand prix with F1 season finale victory The 2019 Formula One season ended in familiar fashion as champion Lewis Hamilton prevailed in his 250th grand prix, winning in Abu Dhabi.In his 250th grand prix, Mercedes' six-time world champion qualified on pole for the first time since July's German Grand Prix and eased clear of the field to claim an easy victory at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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 F 1 season . Lewis Hamilton claimed sixth Formula One world championship title this season .

Lewis Hamilton secured his first pole position in four months as the British world champion sought to round out his 2019 with another win. Despite already taking his sixth world championship he has not claimed pole since the German Grand Prix , nine races ago.

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. 

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi pole 'extra special'

  Hamilton: Abu Dhabi pole 'extra special' Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton described his pole position in Abu Dhabi, his first in 10 races, as "extra special".The world champion had not claimed pole since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July.

Lewis Hamilton achieved his 11th win of the 2019 F 1 season by dominating his rivals in Abu Lewis Hamilton won the final race of the Formula One season at Abu Dhabi with a dominant run Hamilton ’s 250th grand prix was as untroubled a drive as he has enjoyed all season , perfectly

Next season , Hamilton and Mercedes will have a new car, and new challenges - there will be no German Grand Prix for example. However, Hamilton will still be the man to beat and the question to the rest of the field is , can you challenge the Briton across a season ? After the 2019 season finale, it

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 

Hamilton won’t rule out future move to Ferrari

  Hamilton won’t rule out future move to Ferrari ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton appeared to open the door for a possible future move to Ferrari when he refused to deny meeting with its chairman John Elkann. Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Saturday that the Mercedes driver has met Elkann twice this year, and that they discussed Hamilton potentially replacing Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari from 2021 onward.Both four-time champion Vettel and Hamilton have yet to renew contracts expiring at the end of 2020.

Lewis Hamilton ’s 84th career win at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw him finishing around 17 seconds clear of Max Verstappen. Although Verstappen had reliability issues approaching the midway point of the 55-lap race , the 22- year -old Dutchman conceded it had little impact on who won.

Lewis Hamilton takes dominant victory in season -closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc set to Hamilton 's victory was his 11th of the 21 races that have been held this season , and equals his That sets the 34- year -old Briton up to potentially exceed Schumacher's win tally and match his

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.

Verstappen takes victory in stunning Brazilian Grand Prix

  Verstappen takes victory in stunning Brazilian Grand Prix Max Verstappen secured a stunning win in the Brazilian Grand Prix - on a shocking day for Ferrari and a tough one for Lewis Hamilton.Max Verstappen made it worth the wait as he triumphed in a remarkable Brazilian Grand Prix, a year after an Interlagos victory was snatched from his grasp.

Yet again Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Formula 1 season Verstappen won three Grand Prix races this past season and Leclerc reached the top of the The long smoldering conflict between them has become more public than ever before, and will likely continue to do so in the coming

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the final race of the season in Abu DhabiCredit: AFP or licensors. Hamilton takes pole for the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi. Russell has outclassed the experienced Pole on Saturdays but Kubica is still responsible for the team's solitary

  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.

Hamilton: First Ferrari F1 compliment in 13 years 'just talk'

  Hamilton: First Ferrari F1 compliment in 13 years 'just talk' Lewis Hamilton says he is "grateful" for Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto's comments about his ability but thinks the Formula 1 team's "first compliment in 13 years" is "all talk"Ferrari team principal Binotto was asked ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix if Hamilton, one of several drivers whose contract expires next year, was of interest to the team for 2021 and beyond.

With Hamilton already crowned champion and Mercedes still the unstoppable force in the It has been quite the tough season for the German though. Yes Hamilton is champion and Mercedes have the constructors championship all tied up, but there is much to race for today.

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix with a dominant, untroubled run Lewis Hamilton led home a Mercedes one -two for the fifth time this season . Lewis Hamilton has curtailed his pre- race activities before the Monaco Grand Prix as he comes to terms with the death of his friend Niki Lauda.

  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 

Hamilton braced for next round of 'stressful' F1 contract talks

  Hamilton braced for next round of 'stressful' F1 contract talks Lewis Hamilton says he’s not looking forward to "another stressful moment" of contract talks with Mercedes next year, as he ponders his next step in Formula 1. The world champion’s current contract runs out at the end of 2020, but it is thought highly likely that he will extend his stay at the German car manufacturer.However, while clearly eager to stay on in F1, Hamilton says there is always some trepidation about having to hammer out terms with a team.

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2019 British Grand Prix ! Lap 52 of 52: Hamilton sets a new fastest lap with his final effort, and he’s won the British GP yet again! Lap 39 of 52: Both Verstappen and Vettel are back on the track, but the latter at least has sustained significant damage. The Ferrari pits, and gets

Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver and six-time Formula One world champion. He entered Formula One in 2007 with McLaren, with whom he won 21 Grands Prix

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

Gallery: Lewis Hamilton: Life in the fast lane [Photos]

Vettel arriving late after birth of son .
Sebastian Vettel will arrive at the Abu Dhabi GP on Friday following the birth of his third child, a boy. The four-time champion and his wife Hanna already have two girls and the family has now been joined by their first son.Vettel is expected to fly from Europe on Thursday evening and arrive at the Yas Marina circuit in time for Friday morning's first practice session.Congratulations Seb on one of your greatest achievements ❤️ #Seb5 #essereFerrari???? pic.twitter.com/378MG21yH2— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) November 28, 2019Ferrari offered their congratulations on social media.

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