F1 Power Rankings: Abu Dhabi Edition
Who Finished The 2019 Season On The Highest Of Highs?
The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was like previous years, once again a barnstormer. Let me rephrase that. It was... dreary. Sure, there were some intense midfield fights between McLaren and Renault which made us think what if it was for the win, but besides that, it wasn't quite on the level of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, there were some standout performances, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen having near perfect races to end their respected seasons on a high.
So without further adieu, here are the power rankings for the Abu Dhabi GP:
1. Lewis Hamilton
Without a shadow of a doubt Lewis Hamilton's best win of 2019 in terms of dominance. He took pole position, he led every lap, he took the fastest lap and took the win. It was his sixth "Grand Slam" of his career, moving to within two of Jim Clark.
Thanks to Leclerc getting ahead of Verstappen on the opening lap, Hamilton was able to build his all important lead, and from there, it was easy.
2. Lando Norris
The British rookie has had some unlucky races this year, most notably the time where he had a mechanical on the final lap of the Belgium Grand Prix when running in what would have been a career-high fifth place.
But the Briton had a wonderful race in Abu Dhabi. He qualified P6, thanks to Bottas's absence, and whilst he lost seventh place on the final lap to Sergio Perez, he defended superbly for ten laps, not to mention against the train of Hulkenberg, Sainz and Ricciardo either.
3. Sergio Perez
If there was one race that summed up Sergio Perez's season, this would be it. The Mexican started the race P10, but went long on mediums before racing through the midfield to take yet another best-of-the-rest seventh place.
It was a perfect example of tyre management in the opening stint, something of which Perez is the best at on the grid. From there, he sliced through the McLaren's and Renault's, and when he reached Norris, he kept his cool and took seventh on the final lap.
4. Max Verstappen
There wasn't much more Max Verstappen could have done this grand prix. He started P2, but had an awful start due to him being unable to warm his tyres up, and lost second place to Leclerc on the opening lap, but the Dutchman, winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix last time out, easily overturned Leclerc, and despite suffering from turbo lag, was able to hold onto second place with ease.
And that overtake on Leclerc.
5. Daniil Kvyat
Fair enough to Daniil Kvyat. The Russian has had a tough time in the second half of the season, with the fans starting to see 'The Torpedo' coming back, but having started 13th on the grid, the Russian, who took a podium in Germany, managed to mimic Perez and take ninth place.
6. Charles Leclerc
We thought that there was a possibility that Leclerc's race could be over before it even began, but, the race went ahead for the two-time GP winner this season, who had the run on Verstappen in the opening stages of the race, but in the end the lack of pace from the Ferrari meant that he was mainly fighting with Valtteri Bottas for the final spot on the podium, and thankfully Leclerc managed to take his first podium since Russia would you believe it!
7: Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg in possibly his final race showcased the mettle that the German has collected over 180 races in Formula One, having a great scrap with three of his former team-mates: Sainz, Ricciardo and Perez. How else would you like to end your career?
So who do you think drove the best in the Abu Dhabi GP? Tell me in the comments why for the final time this year!