ABU DHABI 26 November 2018: Lewis Hamilton took his 11th win of the 2018 F1 calendar and sealed his fifth championship winning season in style at the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday evening.
In a thrilling race that started with an-all Mercedes front row, Hamilton battled hard for the win, keeping the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at bay in the closing laps as the sun set on Yas Marina Circuit, the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2018 season.
During the biggest Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend to date that earlier saw the F2 and GP3 seasons end with George Russell and Anthoine Hubert being crowned champions in the respective support series on Saturday, the F1 2018 season finale saw Mercedes yet again finish on top going into the winter break – their fifth victory in 10 years at the Circuit.
Waving to his fans from the top step of the podium, Hamilton was in great spirits as he closed the calendar in Abu Dhabi on a high note.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sport Council, crowned Hamilton as winner of the10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2018 season and congratulate him on his well-deserved win.
“The success of this 10th edition of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a continuation of the UAE’s success story as a country that carries the message of peace and believes in the importance of spreading amity through major sport events,” Sheikh Nahyan added.
Another sell-out crowd of 60,000 people were treated to a full-day of sporting action and entertainment on a sunny but cool Sunday at Yas Marina Circuit.
In addition to the support F2 and GP3 Series getting proceedings of to an exciting start on Sunday, off-track a range of activities in the Circuit’s F1 Fanzone and four Oasis areas kept race goers of all ages entertained with driver autograph sessions, race simulations, aerial acrobatics displays, live music performances, UAE cultural displays, and much more.
Just before the race, two new liveried aircraft from Etihad Airways and Fursan Al Emarat performed a stunning UAE national colours fly past, followed by the UAE National Anthem.
At exactly 5:10pm it was time for the main event, the three-way F1 showdown that began in Qualifying yesterday between Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
With the setting sun providing the perfect starting backdrop, the 55-lap Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ended under the illumination provided by the Circuit’s iconic floodlights, ended with Lewis Hamilton jumping for joy at a Circuit he has won at twice before.
Fans watched the action live from Yas Marina Circuit’s multiple grandstands and from fans’ favourite Abu Dhabi Hill, while millions of others around the world followed live updates and a wealth of multimedia content on the Circuit’s online channels.