Lewis Hamilton has done it again, after an incredible stint throughout the race Hamilton finished in second place and in turn secured his victory as the 2019 Formula 1 World Champion.
This marks Hamilton’s 6th World Championship title, giving him the second most championships in F1 history and only one championship behind the legendary Michael Schumacher.
Mercedes’ Valterri Bottas took pole position on Saturday, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in P2 and an excellent effort from Red Bull saw Max Verstappen take P3. Hamilton had one of his worst qualifyings of the season, only managing P5.
Bottas had a strong start into the dreaded first turn where many drivers were expecting collisions. Bottas managed to hold onto the lead and Verstappen quickly jumped Vettel into P2, followed by Hamilton sliding into P3.
Vettel continued to fall down the grid as more cars passed him, falling down to P7. At this point his main problem became evident as his suspension collapsed forcing him to retire from the race.
The midfield battle saw Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo lead the charge and eventually finish an incredible P6. A needed victory for the Australian driver he has suffered from a plethora of mechanical and strategic issues this season.
Following behind Ricciardo where the ever dominant McLarens with Lando Norris finishing in P7 and Carlos Sainz in P8.
Another notable performance came from Red Bull’s Alex Albon who suffered contact during the packed first turn, dropping him into a lowly P12. In what has become Albon’s signature move, the Thai driver brilliantly cut through the midfield as he worked his way back up to the top finishing in an excellent P5.
The end of the race saw the checkered flag waving for Valterri Bottas, who needed to win this race to remain in contention for the world championship. But following close behind was Lewis Hamilton, who with his second place finish secured enough points to take the title.
Formula 1 now heads to Brazil for its second to last race of the season as this year of racing begins to wind down. The championship battle may be over but there is plenty of action continuing until the end.
Verstappen continues to bring the fight to Ferrari as he tries to finish third in the championship and the midfield remains alive as driver’s continue to finish as high as possible to secure seats for next season. With only two races left, the drivers are eager to continue the fight and finish the season strong.