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Lewis Hamilton hails “piece of art” Mercedes after F1 Abu Dhabi GP domination

After concluding the season with a dominant win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was quick to thank his team Mercedes for giving him the car to win his sixth championship.

This campaign was the most successful year in Hamilton’s 18-year F1 career, winning 11 races and scoring 413 points in the 21 races.

The 34-year-old ended the year in style, taking a Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi as he took pole position and led every single lap of Sunday’s race.

After getting out of his W10 for the final time, Hamilton dubbed the car a “piece of art” in his on-grid interview with David Coulthard.

“I’m proud but just super-grateful for this incredible team and all at Mercedes who have continued to push this year,” the man from Stevenage said.

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“Even though we had the championship won we wanted to keep our head down and see if we could extract more from this beautiful car – it’s a piece of art.”

Hamilton celebrates his 11th win in 2019 by doing ‘donuts’ in front of the main stand. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Behind Hamilton, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sealed third place in the drivers’ championship by beating Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc to second place.

The Dutchman has been battling Leclerc all season and did so again at the Yas Marina Circuit, overtaking the Monegasque on the 32nd lap with a sublime move into turn eight.

Leclerc (left) held off Verstappen (right) for 32 laps but eventually cracked under the Dutchman’s pressure. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Further down the grid, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz became the first driver from a team other than Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull to finish the season in the top six of the drivers’ championship since 2014, when Valtteri Bottas did so for Williams.

The Spaniard needed one point to move past Pierre Gasly in the standings, and he got it on the very last lap of the race when he went down the inside of departing Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg.

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