Lewis Hamilton victory lap celebrations marked by customary donuts in front of the Abu Dhabi fans after taking the checquered flag. Video: Stefan Lindeque

 

 

F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton signed off what has been a superb year for him by clinching the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. The Formula 1 world champion beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to the finish line at the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this evening. The win at Yas Marina was the Mercedes-GP driver's fourth at the Abu Dhabi circuit and his 11th win of the season.

In a race that saw Nico Hulkenberg crashing into the barrier after a brush with Romain Grosjean in the first lap itself, Lewis Hamilton displayed absolute supremacy over the others. Having gone to the race after recording his 11th pole position of the year yesterday, Hamilton was in dominating form as he stormed to his 83rd career victory. Long-time rival Sebastian Vettel finished second, to be joined in the podium by Max Verstappen.

At one point, Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo looked like he was poised to claim the podium in his 100th and final race for Red Bull when he snatched the lead halfway through the race, only to be relegated to fourth in the end. Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas finished fifth while  Carlos Sainz, in his last race for Renault before switching to McLaren, did well to claim the sixth place.