Grand Slam for Hamilton in Abu Dhabi
A masterclass performance for Hamilton in Abu Dhabi. The Mercedes driver was simply on another planet as he recorded pole, win, led the whole race and set the fastest lap on extremely worn hard tyres on the penultimate lap of the races.
Max Verstappen finished in second: he was passed on the opening lap by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, but Verstappen was able to finish ahead thanks to a one-stop strategy versus two by Ferrari.
Numbers from the F.1 race
413 – Hamilton set the new record for season points, 413, up from 408 recorded last year.
240-120 – After Abu Dhabi, Vettel’s career is made of 120 podium finishes out 240 races run.
111 – Mercedes recorded their 111th pole, their sixth straight in Abu Dhabi.
88 – Hamilton recorded his 88th pole position in Abu Dhabi, and he is now 20 clear of the second in the all-time standings, Michael Schumacher (68).
84 – Hamilton recorded his 84th win, his 5th in Abu Dhabi.
33 - 33rd straight race in the points for Hamilton: he equals the all-time record string set by himself from Japan 2016 to France 2018.
31 - 31st career podium for Max Verstappen: he equals Jack Brabham at the 32nd all-time spot.
21 – Hamilton is the first driver who scores points 21 times in a season.
21 – Mercedes is the first team which leads 21 races for at least one lap during a season. The previous best was 20 set by themselves in 2016.
20-4 – Valtteri Bottas went from 20th on the grid to 4th at the flag. Daniel Ricciardo managed the same here in 2014, with the disadvantage of starting from the pits.
19 – Lewis Hamilton is the first driver who leads 19 races during a season for at least one lap.
19 – Hamilton equalled the record for races led entirely. In his career he led from lights to flag 19 times, the same of Ayrton Senna, who had set the record in the 1991 Australian GP.
17 – Hamilton climbed on the podium 17 times this season, equalling the season record set five times before, three by himself (2015, 2016, 2018).
15 - 15th hat-trick (pole, win, fastest race lap) for Hamilton.
11 - 11th win of the season for Hamilton, he equals his personal best, previously recorded in 2014 and last year.
10 - 10th career podium for Charles Leclerc: he equals Tony Brooks, Romain Grosjean and Maurice Trintignant at the 73rd all-time spot.
10 - 10th career front row for Max Verstappen, the first non-Mercedes driver on the front row in Abu Dhabi in the Turbo/Hybrid era. (thanks to the penalty of Valtteri Bottas)
6 - 6th Mercedes win in Abu Dhabi, the same they scored in Shanghai, Silverstone, Suzuka and Sochi. They won 7 times only in Monza.
6 - 6th career Grand Slam (pole, win, fastest race lap, entire race led) for Hamilton, the second best value of all times behind the 8 of Jim Clark. Hamilton leaves at 5 Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher.
5 – This year Hamilton led 5 races from lights to flag. Only one driver was able to do better in a season: Nigel Mansell with 6 in 1992.
4 – Only four drivers in history were able to record at least 10 podiums on their first season with Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen (12 in 2007), Fernando Alonso (10 in 2010), Sebastian Vettel (13 in 2015), Charles Leclerc (10 in 2019).
2x10 – Lewis Hamilton became the first driver with 10 front row starts in two tracks, as he recorded this feat in Abu Dhabi and Montreal. The only other driver with 10 front rows on a given track is Michael Schumacher with 10 in Suzuka.
1 – For the first time Hamilton, Verstappen and Leclerc shared the podium.