Hamilton Ends F1 Season in Style with 11th Win; Alonso Retires
Hamilton goes topless to show off ‘Still I Rise’ tattoo.
It was a perfect race weekend for five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole and finished the race with his 11th win of the season, matching his 2014 winning year.
Although he won the title four weeks ago, as we know, the Briton always want to finish on the top step of the podium and he proved it in the last two races. This 11th win takes his tally to 73 and is just 18 wins short of Michael Schumacher’s record.
Before the final race of the season, Hamilton was ‘kidnapped’ by actor Will Smith. In a staged piece for the cameras, Hamilton appeared tied up while Smith told him he was taking his spot inside the cockpit for the race.
It was a pretty unusual race preparation for the world champion, who admitted it was not his customary routine. Watch the vid here:
Sebastian Vettel finished second, after Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, faded off to fifth after challenging in the early stages. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth for Red Bull. Carlos Sainz finished a respectable sixth for Renault, after Kimi Raikkonen ended with a DNF for mechanical failure.
The race at the Yas Manrina circuit was filled with incidents. Nico Hulkenberg was at the centre of a terrifying incident when his Renault was nudged by Romain Grosjean at the first chicane, and he was suspended upside down while flames emerged from his overturned car.
Hulkenberg’s not going anywhere.
“I’m hanging here like a cow – get me out of this car,” said Hulkenberg, who was thankfully soon assisted by race marshals before then passing medical checks with the FIA.
Fernando Alonso, who raced his last F1 race, was joined on his slowing down lap by Hamilton, his former McLaren teammate, and Ferrari’s four times champion Sebastian Vettel.
Together they performed tyre-smoking spins on the pit right in front of the crowd. Alonso was urged by his race engineer in the final stages of the race to go all out for one last point, only for the former world champion to shoot back: “I have 1,800 points.”
After the race, the double world champion said, “It has been a pleasure racing with these champions and I feel privileged. Thanks to everyone and to Formula One, I will always be a fan of this sport,” said the Spaniard, who won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
Hamilton performing some ‘doughnuts’ to the delight of the crowd.
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