2019 Formula Season Ends with Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2019 Formula Season Ends with Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Finally, 260 days later 2019 Formula 1 season have come to an end which was started in 17th March.
Last grand prix of this season was in Middle East, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 1st December at San Marino Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton won it easily by leading every lap of the race to capture his 50th win from pole in his 250th career grand prix.

On Saturday (30th November) during qualifying Hamilton was the fastest which made him earn pole position and front start from the grid and when the race started Hamilton led the race for whole 55 laps and didn’t looked in tension but behind him a lot of activities were going on as top ten changed many times.
2nd position finish, Max Verstappen was unable to catch the race leader due to a huge 16 second gap but then also the Dutch driver got his best ever finish in a F1 season by getting third overall finish in 2019 F1 drivers’ championship and Red Bull getting third place finish as well.
 
Last lap drama:
During the last lap, two overtakes were done by
Racing Point and McLaren where Racing Point’s Sergio Perez overtook McLaren’s Lando Norris and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz overtook Renault’ Daniel Ricciardo and there was also a possible third overtake by Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc but Ferrari edged out there due to their speed and Leclerc crossed the finish line just ahead of Bottas to get third and Bottas finished fourth.
From the above mentioned overtakes Carlos Sainz one, was the most important because in it he got tenth place finish which equals to one point and before the race Carlos Sainz needed just one point to overtake Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and he did it yesterday at Abu Dhabi grand prix to move from  seventh to sixth in the drivers’ championship because of just a single point and Sainz got 96 points to Gasly’s 95 in 2019 season.

Loose Season for Ferrari:
The 16 time constructors’ and drivers’ champion Ferrari have failed yet again to win any of the title mentioned above as the Italian racing team with long history in motorsports have to wait for another year to win constructors or drivers’ championship, this season Ferrari ended their 2019 run to finish 2nd place in constructors’ championship and their third consecutive second place finish in last three years (2017-19) but this time points tally was the lowest from previous two seasons (2017 and 2018) as this time Ferrari managed to get only 504 points in 2019 to 522 points in 2017 and 577 points in 2018 and they didn’t looked like a real threat to Mercedes this season due to their shift in second drivers seat where Kimi Raikkonen left Ferrari after five years and a young driver Charles Leclerc replaced Kimi this year, Leclerc had a decent debut season with Ferrari where he got 2 wins, 7 pole position and 9 podiums for a fourth place finish in the drivers' championship and his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished one place behind him to 5th in and this is Vettel’s lowest finish in 11 years since he was a rookie driver with Toro Rosso in 2008. So, a fourth and fifth can’t give you a win in the constructor’s championship.
 
So, 2019 Formula 1 World Drivers champion is Lewis Hamilton and World Constructors champion is Mercedes AMG. This is Hamilton’s 6th world drivers’ championship win and he is only one world championship behind Michael Schumacher’s 7 wins and Mercedes also captured their 6th consecutive win this year and Hamilton secured 11 wins, 5 podiums, and 6 fastest in process of achieving a fantastic season for Silver Arrows and he was the only driver to score every point this season. 2019 season was the 69th edition in Formula 1 racing and next 2020 edition will be the 70th edition of Formula 1 and will kick off on 15th March 2020, race fans and drivers will witness new addition in the race calendar which will feature Vietnamese Grand Prix (5th April) and subsequently, for that race calendar limit have been increased from 21 to 22 hence, 2020 season will be the longest F1 season ever.

December 02, 2019 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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