The fight for the 2019 Driver’s World Championship crown was over. Lewis Hamilton had taken his sixth title and Mercedes was crowned champions again. But there was still two races left and a whole lot of racing to get through. Here are the final races of the F1 2019 Season.
Verstappen wins as Ferrari implode in Interlagos thriller
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Brazilian GP ahead of podium newcomers of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. Verstappen led from pole and squabbled with Lewis Hamilton throughout most of the race, momentarily losing the lead to the Brit, but due to strategy, Verstappen stayed out to lead.
Following a late safety car due to the collision between the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, the racing was tense and now the jumbled and unusual race order could see the rewards if they could make it to the end. Verstappen’s team-mate, Alexander Albon, was on course to take his first podium but was tagged by Hamilton thus falling out of the points. The newly crowned champion was too ambitious and this allowed Gasly through. Successfully defending his podium place, right to the line, the Frenchman was over the moon by the result. There was also hope for Sainz who crossed the line in 4th. He had his fingers crossed that Hamilton would receive a penalty for the incident with Albon.
Hours after the race, McLaren and Sainz got what they so rightfully deserved. Hamilton was given a penalty and dropped to 7th promoting McLaren and Sainz to the podium. It was a great result for Alfa Romeo as Kimi Raikkonen headed team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi in 4th and 5th. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo settled for 6th but rued his earlier tangle with Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.
Abu Dhabi GP
Hamilton dominates to take 11th win of season as the battle for 6th in the Driver’s Championship goes down to the wire
Lewis Hamilton converted his 50th pole position into his 11th victory of the season with a dominant and straight-forward drive. Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc rounded out the podium and therefore settled who finished 3rd in the championship with the Red Bull driver overcoming Pre-Season odds.
There was a scare for Leclerc as he was under investigation by the stewards but was cleared of any wrongdoing. A spirited drive by the other Mercedes driver of Valterri Bottas provided racing action unlike his team-mate as he fought through the field having started in 20th and last place. His progress was hampered by the unavailability of DRS in the first 18 laps of the race which made for unusual action as the drivers did not have this extra help when overtaking. Sebastian Vettel finished in 5th after a penultimate lap pass on Alexander Albon while the racing behind made for great viewing.
On fresher tyres, Lando Norris was being hounded by Sergio Perez in the battle for 7th. Perez passed the McLaren driver on the last lap to get the “best of the rest” finish while behind, Daniil Kvyat claimed 9th for Toro Rosso with Carlos Sainz in 10th after a do-or-die overtake on Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo. This move gave Sainz a point in which he could secure 6th place in the Driver’s Championship. In his final F1 race, for the moment, Nico Hulkenberg finished in 12th but received the “Fans Driver of the Day”.