ABU DHABI (Information) – Lewis Hamilton might be making a milestone 250th Formulation One begin as he seeks to log out his championship-winning marketing campaign in fashion in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi season-ender.
FILE PHOTO: Formulation One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 25, 2018 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates profitable the race Information/Ahmed Jadallah
The Briton, who turned solely the second driver to win a sixth title on the U.S. Grand Prix earlier this month, is already essentially the most profitable driver on the floodlit Yas Marina monitor with 4 wins.
One other triumph within the dusk-to-night race could be an ideal finale for the 34-year-old, who can count on a extra hard-fought battle subsequent yr from a youthful era hungry for the limelight.
“It’s inevitable that the kids are going to return by way of,” Hamilton stated after the final race in Brazil, the place he completed third however ended up seventh after a post-race penalty for tangling with Pink Bull’s Thai rookie Alexander Albon.
The common age of the highest three at Interlagos — Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz — was 23 years, eight months and 23 days and the game’s youngest podium but.
“I really feel like I’m in a position to nonetheless kick it with these guys and so I’m excited for the longer term,” stated Hamilton, who may also equal his personal file of 33 successive factors finishes on Sunday.
“Hopefully subsequent yr we’re going to have a critical three-way, four-way battle and that’s nice for Formulation One.”
Hamilton has gained half of the season’s 20 races up to now, propelling his group to an unprecedented sixth successive title double, however Brazil was a disappointing weekend with Valtteri Bottas retiring.
“The underperformance in Brazil means we head to Abu Dhabi with some extent to show,” stated group boss Toto Wolff.
Ferrari’s 22-year-old Charles Leclerc has made his mark because the August break, profitable twice and is about to finish the season as the motive force with most pole positions (seven up to now).
Verstappen, additionally 22, took his third win of the marketing campaign in Brazil and is preventing Leclerc for third general.
If there’s to be a problem to Mercedes, who’ve gained each race in Abu Dhabi since 2014, it appears extra prone to come from Ferrari.
The Italian group have already secured second within the constructors’ standings however have by no means gained in Abu Dhabi, a monitor positioned proper subsequent to their Ferrari World theme park.
Even when they’ve cleared the air between their drivers after Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel collided in Brazil, there’s nonetheless prone to be loads of rigidity as they too search to complete on a optimistic notice.
Abu Dhabi can be the place for farewells.
Nico Hulkenberg is leaving, a minimum of for a season, after dropping his Renault seat to 23-year-old Frenchman Esteban Ocon and Robert Kubica will carry down the curtain on his comeback with Williams.
Canadian reserve Nicholas Latifi is favourite for the seat.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Christian Radnedge