Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Charles ends the season on the podium

1 Dec 2019

Charles Leclerc ended his first season with Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow with a third place finish, his tenth podium. Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag in fifth place.

Two stops. Both drivers ran similar strategies. At the start, Charles managed to pass Max Verstaqppen, but he was unable to match the pace of race leader and eventual winner Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian stayed fourth. The team brought the drivers in for their tyre change, one after the other on lap 11 to fit the hard ttres. Verstappen and Hamilton stayed out longer. On lap 32, the Dutchman, running fresher rubber, passed Leclerc to take second  and that led the Scuderia to pit both its drivers again to send them out on new tyres. Again they both pitted on the same lap – 39, with Leclerc on Softs and Vettel on Mediums. Charles stayed third, able to fend off Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages. Sebastian had been overtaken by the Finn and Alex Albon, but he managed to pass the Thai driver to finish fifth.

Season summary. Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow finished second in the Constructors’ while Charles is fourth and Sebastian fifth in the Drivers’. Overall the team took nine pole positions, Charles securing more than any other driver with seven. Then there were the three wins, two for Charles at Spa and Monza and one for Sebastian in Singapore and a total of 19 podium finishes. Although the season is over, there is still one appendix to it in the shape of a two day tyre test at this track on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Time/Retired

1

Lewis
Hamilton

Mercedes

55

1:34:05.715

2

Max
Verstappen

Red Bull Racing Honda

55

+16.772s

3

Charles
Leclerc

Ferrari

55

+43.435s

4

Valtteri
Bottas

Mercedes

55

+44.379s

5

Sebastian
Vettel

Ferrari

55

+64.357s

6

Alexander
Albon

Red Bull Racing Honda

55

+69.205s

7

Sergio
Perez

Racing Point BWT Mercedes

54

+1 lap

8

Lando
Norris

McLaren Renault

54

+1 lap

9

Daniil
Kvyat

Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda

54

+1 lap

10

Carlos
Sainz

McLaren Renault

54

+1 lap

11

Daniel
Ricciardo

Renault

54

+1 lap

12

Nico
Hulkenberg

Renault

54

+1 lap

13

Kimi
Räikkönen

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari

54

+1 lap

14

Kevin
Magnussen

Haas Ferrari

54

+1 lap

15

Romain
Grosjean

Haas Ferrari

54

+1 lap

16

Antonio
Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari

54

+1 lap

17

George
Russell

Williams Mercedes

54

+1 lap

18

Pierre
Gasly

Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda

53

+2 laps

19

Robert
Kubica

Williams Mercedes

53

+2 laps

NC

Lance
Stroll

Racing Point BWT Mercedes

45

DNF

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