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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: The curtains draw on the 2019 season

Lewis Hamilton has declared that he needs to “put things right” following a disappointing race in Brazil, as Formula One bids farewell to the 2019 season.

It has been another year with another championship for Hamilton winning ten of the twenty races so far whilst dominating the standings yet again, but Brazil has left a nasty feeling with the Mercedes driver.

After Max Verstappen overtook him twice for the lead, Hamilton then started to drop down the order following two safety cars leaving him fourth with just five laps to go.

Hamilton quickly got himself back into third, but then collided with Alex Albon in an attempt to overtake the Red Bull into second.

This sent Albon the wrong way and into last as Hamilton dropped to third from the collision – he also crossed the finish line in third.

Hamilton collided into Albon, which denied the rookie of his maiden career podium. Photograph: Getty Images.

But more consequences were still to come as the world champion was given a five second penalty for colliding with Albon, which sent him from third to seventh.

It was definitely a bad race for Hamilton, yet he is determined to right the wrong and end his season on a high.

“Brazil definitely wasn’t a great one. But I think it’s really important to often acknowledge the part parts of the weekend rather than just always focus on the negatives.

“Naturally the negative of it, not finishing in the position I should have, second or third, plus the failures and the mistakes.

“There were plenty of positives to take from the weekend, but I don’t want another weekend like that. So I’ll put things right this weekend and we’ll just continue to go full steam ahead” he said.

No driver has won more times in Abu Dhabi than Hamilton – four wins.

And if the world champion makes it five, then he will break his own record for most points in a season which currently stands at 408, with his current team winning the past five races in Abu Dhabi.

However, if they are to make it six then arguably their only hope is with Hamilton, as Valtteri Bottas is to start from last due to a new engine – due to an oil leak in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Verstappen will head into this weekend confident that he can be Hamilton’s biggest challenger following a tremendous victory in Brazil, and will look to go one better than his podium in Abu Dhabi last year.

 

By Edward Hardy 

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