Lewis Hamilton WINS The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton WINS The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Location: Abu Dhabi

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit

Race: 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Above, we have all the drivers in the 2018 Formula 1 season posing for the final ‘class’ photo and what a season this has been! It’s had it’s up’s and down’s and what started out in Scuderia Ferrari’s favour ended up very differently but overall, a close battle between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull even though we would have like closer battling at the beginning of the season.

Judging by what the teams and drivers had to say after the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it looks like things will be closer than ever next season and this is what we all want to see!

Below, you’ll be able to see what drivers had to say following the race along with plenty of photos throughout and towards the end of the post.

This isn’t my last post for the season either! 🙂

I’ll be here writing away – there’s lots of exclusive features coming over the winter break along with plenty of information and details about the changes being made to the cars for the 2019 Formula 1 season so you’ll be able to keep up with everything right here.

MERCEDES – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

LEWIS HAMILTON

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Lewis Hamilton: “This has been a great year and I’m so thankful for so many things – for my health, for my team, for all the hard work everyone’s done non-stop at the factory and on the road.”

“I also want to say thank you to all the fans who’ve saved up and travelled and came to the races and those supporting us from home and who’ve been sending their positive energies and their prayers – a big, big thank you to everyone. This year has been a very uplifting experience for me.”

“I wanted to come here and make sure that I left no stone unturned; the team did an exceptional job all year long, so I really wanted to deliver for them and end the season off strong. I think I was able to do that and I’m really grateful for all the support throughout the entire year.”

“I’ve been able to be a better me all year long and I will continue to try to work on that and try to work on the energy that I’m projecting to people.”

“I had a lot of fun in the car today – I love driving, I loved driving every minute today and I hope I have many more days to go.”

VALTTERI BOTTAS

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Valtteri Bottas :“It would have been nice to have a better ending to the season, but this race probably sums up the year pretty well – it started off well but then it went downhill from there.”

“Everything felt pretty good in the beginning of the race, but then I had a lockup into Turn 5 and Turn 8 and lost some ground.”

“I was struggling with the brakes and I also had a slow puncture after I my contact with Max, so I had to pit a second time. Max and I touched, it was proper battle and hard racing, but it was all fair.”

“The last laps after the pit stop felt pretty long because I knew I couldn’t gain any positions. This season didn’t go the way I had hoped, so I’m actually quite happy that it’s over.”

“I will be pretty busy in the next couple of weeks, but I’m looking forward to a bit of a break in December and a fresh start in 2019.”

“I will analyse everything from this season to come back stronger next year.”

Toto Wolff – Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

“This has been an exceptional year for Mercedes motorsport – we’ve managed to clinch the title with Mick Schumacher in F3 and with George Russell in F2, we won the championships in DTM, in Esports and of course in Formula One.”

“This year has been a highlight and I’m very happy we finished it on a high as well. It was a tough battle all season long and we had to push ourselves to the limit to win both championships.”

“Lewis pushed to the very last race despite having won the drivers’ title in Mexico. He’s just so much a part of this team that the driver title alone felt incomplete to him; instead he wanted to deliver for the team, win the constructors’ trophy and not take his foot of the throttle until the season was over.”

“He drove another great race today and was in control on every single lap. Valtteri was struggling with the brakes today; we’re still investigating the issue but we could see that the balance of his car was off.”

“Valtteri had a tough season and I understand that he is disappointed – once the championship opportunity is taken away, it gets very difficult for a driver.”

“He will take the winter to recharge his batteries and come back stronger next year.”

Andrew Shovlin – Trackside Engineering Director

“A great result for the team. We came here to win, so it’s fantastic to have achieved that objective. It’s been our toughest year for a long time, Ferrari pushed us hard in both championships and we’ve been running at 100% on both the chassis and engine sides almost since the word go, so it’s a relief to get to the end and immensely satisfying that we’ve managed to hang onto both championships for another year.”

“It was another great race from Lewis, he’s not backed off one bit since winning the championship in Mexico and has worked as hard to win this race as every other race so well done on another deserved result.”

“Valtteri had an issue during the race when he locked up at turn 5 and then lost positions. We’ll have to a look into that to understand it as his race was all going to plan until that point and he was managing everything well.”

“I’m sure Valtteri is looking forward to 2019, this year started well for him but he’s had some cruel luck since Baku. He’s been such an important part of the team through this year and we’ll work hard over the next few months to make sure we can deliver him a reliable and fast car next year.”

“I’d also like to thank Tony Ross for all his hard work over the last eight years. Tony will play a big part in our Formula E programme next year.”

“He has contributed so much to the past five constructors championship, and Nico’s driver’s championship, so we will all be sad to see him go but happy we’ve had the chance to enjoy so much success together.”

SCUDERIA FERRARI – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

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Sebastian Vettel:  “I think today’s race sums up the year pretty well: a few ups and downs and in the end just being close, but not close enough.”

“Today, I really tried to hang on as long as I could, but it was tough being behind Valtteri. I believe I was a little bit quicker, but it was very difficult to get close, especially in the last sector, until he had some issues and I managed to get past.”

“We were strong in the straights and we had speed, but we were struggling in the last sector to keep up, especially in the last two corners.”

“At one point, I had hopes of winning the race, so I was pushing as hard as I could, but in the end it was not enough.”

“It has been a very intense year and I think we have to look at ourselves, as there are many things that we can do better and the potential this team has is still huge.”

KIMI RAIKKONEN

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Kimi Raikkonen: “Obviously I’m a bit disappointed. It’s not the way we wanted this last race together to finish. We wanted to do well and I think we would have had a pretty good car for the job.”

“Unfortunately we had an electrical issue; in the back straight, I felt I was lacking power and then everything shut down. It’s a pity but that’s how racing goes sometimes.”

“It’s been a pretty decent season, but the four retirements were not in our plans and obviously did not help; we wanted more for sure.”

“I want to thank all the Ferrari fans who always gave me a lot of support. We went through good and bad times together, and this makes it all the more interesting. Of course we wanted a better finish, but that’s part of the sport.”

“We will always have the memories of winning the Drivers’ Championship and two Constructors Championship together.”

REDBULL RACING – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

DANIEL RICCIARDO

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Daniel Ricciardo: “I would have loved to sign-off this chapter with a podium, so I can’t be ecstatic with fourth and there is a little disappointment there.”

“I led for a while which was fun but staying out put me out of touch with the leaders. I don’t think we had much of a choice, maybe we could have pitted early and kept track position but nobody thought the supersofts would hold on like they did.”

“The pace advantage after I pitted was strong but it fell away quite quickly and I couldn’t make a big enough impact on Max or the leaders.”

“My thoughts are still on the race but once I cool off I will reflect on the last five years with the Team. I would have loved a championship with them but Red Bull brought me my first pole, victory and podium. Everything I have done in F1 is down the them and I’m incredibly grateful for that.”

“The moment before the race with everyone in the garage showing their love and appreciation was really cool and that’s certainly something I will never forget.”

“I thank the Team for the last five years and Red Bull for the last 10. I would have loved to drink out of my shoe and celebrate with the Team one last time, but now I close this chapter with thanks and love for everyone in the Red Bull family.”

MAX VERSTAPPEN

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Max Verstappen:”It wasn’t easy from the start, the engine had a bit of an issue which meant we lost a few places in the opening lap.”

“It was a good launch but then I think it went into some sort of protection mode, we switched a sensor off and it seemed to be ok for the rest of the race.”

“Once we had sorted the problem I was able to get on the attack and enjoy some really nice overtaking, especially passing Bottas. I don’t think he saw me on the inside so we ended up touching, luckily we both escaped with no damage.”

It is hard to follow here so although I got close, I never really had a shot at getting past Seb. I struggled in the closing laps a bit because I couldn’t see. My visor was covered in oil from the back of Pierre’s car, if I wiped it, it made it worse, it was like driving through fog. “

“Luckily the tyres held on until the end and I managed to finish my season with another podium. Everyone is ready for a bit of a break now, so we will take some time off once testing is complete, and come back refreshed and ready for a new challenge in 2019.”

MCLAREN – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

FERNANDO ALONSO

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Fernando Alonso: “It has been a very intense and good few days. I think I still need a couple of days to take everything in that I’ve lived and this weekend will always be in my heart. There have been so many nice things prepared for me from Formula 1, from my team and from the fans. I’ve been extremely busy, and didn’t have the right time for myself to think about what was going on.”

“Thanks also to Lewis and Sebastian for the nice in-lap all together. It was quite emotional. I have a lot of respect for them, they are great champions and I feel very privileged to have raced with them for most of my career.”

“Today it was a good race, focussing on tyre management, fuel saving, and fighting for points until the last lap.”

“All my career I have always been fighting, sometimes in competitive cars, sometimes not, but I’ve never given up. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and for having raced for the best teams in the world.”

“Thank you to my fans and all the people who have followed me over the past 18 years. I felt a lot of support and respect for me and this is something I take very seriously. I feel honoured.”

“……But, I’m not stopping racing. I love motorsport, so don’t give up on me!”

STOFFEL VANDOORNE

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Stoffel Vandoorne: “No points today to finish the year, but nevertheless it was a pretty good race. I had fun out there today – we knew it was going to be a tough one for us, especially without there being many incidents.”

We fought very hard and closed in on a couple of cars, and that was a really enjoyable part of the race. I fought like hell to keep cars behind!”

“I’m happy with what we did this year with what we had. It’s great to finish the season – today we gave everything and now I’m happy to see the chequered flag.”

“Unfortunately, we weren’t quick enough for points, but that was always going to be the case. I’m happy with how the race went, I gave it everything!”

“It’s time to celebrate a little bit and then time to move on to something fresh. I’m sure tomorrow my head will switch to my new challenge. I’m looking forward to it.”

RENAULT – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

NICO HULKENBERG

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Nico Hulkenberg: “It was frustrating to be out of the race so early today and ultimately to finish the season this way having worked so hard with the team all weekend.”

“It looks spectacular when cars flip but luckily it wasn’t a high impact crash. It was a racing incident; I didn’t see Grosjean – I thought that he went off the track and I took the apex, but the tyres touched and I flipped to go upside down.”

“Overall it has been a good positive season for us with strong points. The team got fourth today in the Constructors’ Championship and I got seventh in the Drivers’; on paper, the best season in my career.”

“I am very pleased about the progress we have made this season. It’s been great working with Carlos, he’s been an excellent team-mate.”

“I’ve enjoyed the season a lot and look forward to an even better one next year, also with Daniel joining the team. It will be very exciting.”

CARLOS SAINZ

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Carlos Sainz: “Today was a really great result for us and this sixth place feels a bit like pay back for France and Mexico. We deserve it!”

“I had a very strong pace all the way and it was a perfectly executed race. We achieved fourth in the Constructors’ Championship and it is a very big result for us.”

“This last race of the season firmly demonstrates all the progress made this year. I leave this team feeling very happy with what we’ve achieved and as a driver it makes me especially motivated.”

“This was my last race with the Renault team and I thank everyone for the last year and a half. I’m not leaving the family and look forward to continue to see many of my Renault colleagues as I join McLaren.”

SAUBER – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

MARCUS ERICSSON

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Marcus Ericsson: “The race did not end as I would have liked it to, and it is disappointing to have had to retire from it. We started on the hardest compound and I struggled with the balance a bit in the first stint.”

“Just a few laps before I had to retire the car started feeling better and the pace was good. It would have been great to continue like that and score some more points today, but I am still happy with our performance.”

“It has been a long year and I am very thankful for the hard work put in by the team. We should all be very proud of this season and the incredible progress we made.”

“It has been my best season so far in Formula One and I will always remember it.”

CHARLES LECLERC

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Charles Leclerc: “I think that there was more in the race for us today, but we rounded off the season with a decent P7 and some more points.”

“I would like to thank the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for this incredible year and everything they have taught me.It has been great to work together and to see all of the effort reflected in the progress we have made.”

“We can all be proud to have been part of it, and I wish them all the best for the future.”

PADDOCK PHOTOS – 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

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