After securing the title in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton then went onto win the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi GPs while Mercedes went onto take the Constructors Championship ending a very successful season for the Silver Arrows. Read on to see how the final GP of the season ended.
The points system Formula One currently uses has been used since 2010 allows for the top 10 finishers to claim points and as follows: 1st – 25pts, 2nd – 18pts, 3rd – 15pts, 4th – 12pts, 5th – 10pts, 6th – 8pts, 7th – 6pts, 8th – 4pts, 9th – 2pts and 10th – 1pt.
The points system used in Formula One between 2003 to 2009 was as follows: 1st – 10pts, 2nd – 8pts, 3rd – 6pts, 4th – 5pts, 5th – 4pts, 6th – 3pts, 7th – 2pts and 8th – 1pt.
Abu Dhabi GP Result
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 10pts
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 8pts
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 6pts
- Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 5pts
- Valterri Bottas, Mercedes, 4pts
- Carlos Sainz Jr, Renault, 3pts
- Charles Leclerc, Sauber, 2pts
- Sergio Perez, Force India, 1pt
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen who finished in 9th and 10th are not awarded points
Hamilton ends season in style
A Champion’s drive? Okay, if Max Verstappen hadn’t had been involved in the incident with Esteban Ocon, Hamilton would have likely gone on to finish 2nd. Hamilton had never won post championship and his two pole positions back that up. Chief rival, Sebastian Vettel, ended his 2018 a whopping 35 points behind.
Reverting back to 2018, Hamilton won the championship by 88 points over Vettel.
Raikkonen hangs onto 3rd
Despite retiring from the Abu Dhabi GP, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fends off Mercedes Valterri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for 3rd place in the Drivers Championship. After a strong end to the season, Verstappen was able to score 24pts in the last 3 races while Raikkonen and Bottas scored 12pts each.
Reverting back to 2018, Raikkonen finished in 3rd, 2pts ahead of Verstappen who was 2pts ahead of Bottas.
Renault fend off Haas for 4th
Having taken 6 points since Mexico, Renault were able to fend Haas off for the “best of the rest” spot in 4th. Over the course of the season, both teams have been taking points off of each other but heading into the last few races, Haas had the advantage. But strong races by Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr placed the French team ahead of their American rivals.
Reverting back to 2018, Renault finished in 4th 29 points ahead of Haas in 5th.