When Lewis Hamilton crossed the end line at Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday to seal his 11th win of the season, fireworks shot out from above the stands to attract the curtain on one other F1 season.
It was a exceptional marketing campaign for the Briton as he captured a sixth drivers title in Texas final month, ending in entrance of his group-mate Valtteri Bottas by a cushty 87 factors.
It was not the aggressive season we have been all hoping for, however the emergence of Charles Leclerc and continued progress of Max Verstappen brings pleasure and hope for 2020.
Right here, we glance again on the 12 months that was with driver of the 12 months, group of the 12 months and rookie of the 12 months awards up for grabs.
DRIVER OF THE YEAR: LEWIS HAMILTON
The Brit gained 11 races greater than another driver this season en path to sealing a sixth world title and shifting inside one championship of Michael Schumacher in the method.
He seemed just about untouchable at occasions this marketing campaign, most notably, in the opening half of the 12 months, when successful six of the primary eight races.
With a report 413 factors in the drivers championship, Hamilton produced his most spectacular season to this point and has proven no indicators of slowing down after 13 years in the game.
The 34-year-outdated is in a distinct class and it’s troublesome to see him being stopped in 2020, as he eyes matching Schumachers report haul of seven world crowns.
TEAM OF THE YEAR: MERCEDES
No shock to see the Silver Arrow safe a sixth successive constructors title with Hamilton and Bottas ending first and second respectively.
Ferrari and Purple Bull did make enhancements, however Mercedes have been a step above the competitors once more, successful 15 of the 21 races.
The automotive could also be in the fingers of Hamilton and Bottas on the monitor, however Mercedes success has been constructed on a powerful tradition off-monitor by Toto Wolff and his group.
It’s extra than simply having the quickest automotive, with nice power in depth, expertise and medical effectivity.
In 2020, Hamilton will likely be primed so as to add to his six titles and Bottas, on the again of his finest season, can even have renewed confidence.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: LANDO NORRIS
Few rookies have loved such a constant begin to their F1 careers.
The 20-year-outdated shone in the McLaren to clinch 11 top-10s and end 11th in the drivers championship, forward of the likes of Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat.
Within the qualifying head-to-head, the Bristol native edged his extra skilled group-mate Carlos Sainz 11-10 over the course of the season.
He was key in serving to McLaren to a fourth place end in the constructors championship, ending 54 factors forward of Renault in the standings.
Count on extra from him subsequent season.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: SEBASTIAN VETTEL
The 4-time world champion gained much less races, sealed much less pole positions and completed behind his Ferrari group-mate Charles Leclerc.
Whereas many anticipated the 32-year-outdated to problem Hamilton in the early phases of the season, his poor fifth place end in the drivers standings has left a lot of query marks over his future.
His 36 million per 12 months deal expires subsequent season and is unlikely to be renewed, with many believing he’s previous his finest.
He has solely gained 14 occasions in 5 years at Ferrari, in comparability to his 38 victories Purple Bull the place he gained all his world titles
RACE OF THE YEAR: BRAZIL GP
The German Grand Prix needs to be thought of for the various incidents, twists and turns that it introduced, together with a poor pitstop from Mercedes, Vettel hovering from the again of the grid to second, and Kvyats gorgeous podium. However for pure enjoyment of racing, the Brazilian GP final month couldn’t be matched.
It was the unpredictability that made it so intriguing. It had all the pieces, from nice overtakes, security vehicles, group-mates clashing, the 2 Ferraris crashing out, publish-race penalties, Sainzs unlikely podium from the again of the grid, and Pierre Gaslys second place in the Toro Rosso.
DRIVER TO WATCH IN 2020: MAX VERSTAPPEN
One might make the argument for Verstappen being awarded Driver of the Yr such was his spectacular race craft and calmness contained in the automotive.
Within the RB13, the 22-year-outdated clinched a shocking victory in Austria, scorched to a win in the moist in Germany, and handed Hamilton en path to his third triumph of the season in Brazil.
After all, when his faults, one could level to his crash in Belgium and then failing to gradual for yellow flags introduced out by Bottas crash in Mexico.
However as annually passes, Verstappen continues to spice up his credentials, and relying on what strides are made on the Purple Bull in the off-season, it’s hoped he can reel in the hole on Hamilton as soon as extra.
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