2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: F1 Race Winner, Results & Report

FORMULA 1 2018 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX winner Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel & Max Verstappen

Event: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Track: Yas Marina Circuit

Weather:   Partly clouded & dry
Air temp:  32.6ºC
Tarmac: Dry, 35ºC
Wind speed: 4.0 km/h
Humidity: 38.2%

Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix for the second time in his career  It was his 73rd win, his 11th win of the 2018 season and the 87th victory for Mercedes.

The last race in Abu Dhabi was the last F1 race for 2 times WC Fernando Alonso. He started from P15 in his McLaren. Max Verstappen was the only driver who had a bad start and dropped from P6 to P10 when the first safety car drove out for a spectacular crash.

The spectacular crash was done by Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault RS18. He made a double roll when his right rear tyre hit the front left tyre of Romain Grosjean's Haas in turn 9. Hulkenberg was trapped in his car hanging upside down, when his car catches fire that was extinguished by the marshal's. Hulkenberg was unharmed and could walk away.

The safety car was pulled in on lap 5. Verstappen had a hard time beating the very fast Force India cars with his under powered Red Bull when Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari stopped on the start/finish straight with power unit problems. He retired in lap 7 and caused a VSC period to clear the track. A lot of drivers decided to do a pitstop to switch tyres. Lewis Hamilton also pitted to switch from Ultrasoft to the hardest compound Supersoft tyres to go to the end. Valtteri Bottas got in the lead.

Replays showed that Brandon Hartley oversteered into the barriers back on the fourth lap. Having already pitted for a new front wing on the opening lap, the Kiwi isn't doing himself any favours in his battle to keep his race seat today...

In lap 16 Sebastian Vettel did his pitstop for Supersoft tyres. The pitstop was quite slow with 3.7 sec. One lap later Valtteri Bottas also got fresh tyres and gave the lead to Daniel Ricciardo who drove his last race for Red Bull. His teammate Verstappen pitted in lap 18 to switch from Ultra to Supersoft tyres.

In lap 20 a few drivers were warned that rain could fall in 5 minutes and In lap 23 it started to rain in de Abu Dhabi desert! Nobody switched to rain tyres anyway. Marcus Ericsson who also was driving his last race in F1 for Sauber also had to retire with Ferrari power unit problems.

In lap 34 Ricciardo at last did his pitstop. The Red Bull team fitted new Supersoft tyres and returned to the track 8 seconds behind Verstappen on P5. Force India driver Esteban Ocon received a 5 second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. In lap 35 Valtteri Bottas made an error in turn 5 when he braked to late and Vettel padded the Finnish driver for P2. Verstappen who was driving on P4 also came very close when Bottas again outbraked himself and cut the chicane to stay ahead of the Dutch driver. In turn 11 of lap 38 he got P3 from Bottas with a great overtaking manoeuvre. One lap later Bottas also lost P4 on the charging Daniel Ricciardo on the fresh Supersoft tyres.

In lap 40 Bottas did a pitstop to get rid of his tyres that had a few flat  spots and ruined his race. He switched to the softest compound, the pink Hypersoft tyres.

With 10 laps Ricciardo closed the gap to his teammate Verstappen and was looking at a podium finish in his last race. In lap 46 Ocon had an engine problem and lost oil. He retired the car while driving on P9. Right after Ocon's retirement we saw Pierre Gasly also had a smoking power unit. The French driver also retired and stopped in turn 12 of lap 48.

 

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Start grid 2018 Abu Dhabi

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F1 classification 2018 Abu Dhabi GP

Pos No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 01:39:40.382 55
1
25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari 01:39:42.963 55
3
18
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 01:39:53.088 55
6
15
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Austria Red Bull 01:39:55.761 55
5
12
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes 01:40:28.339 55
2
10
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
France Renault 01:40:52.930 55
11
8
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Switzerland Sauber 01:41:11.171 55
8
6
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
United Kingdom Racing Point 01:41:11.657 55
14
4
9 8 France Romain Grosjean
United States Haas 01:40:04.140 54
7
2
10 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas 01:40:05.675 54
13
1
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren 01:40:23.266 54
15
0
12 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Italy Toro Rosso 01:40:30.045 54
16
0
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Williams 01:40:31.261 54
20
0
14 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
United Kingdom McLaren 01:40:31.945 54
18
0
15 35 Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin
United Kingdom Williams 01:40:47.948 54
19
0
DNF 10 France Pierre Gasly
Italy Toro Rosso Power unit 47
17
0
DNF 31 France Esteban Ocon
United Kingdom Racing Point Power unit 46
9
0
DNF 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Switzerland Sauber Power unit 24
12
0
DNF 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari Power unit 7
4
0
DNF 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
France Renault Collision 0
10
0

Fastest lap:  1:40.867 by Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) in lap 54 @198.225 km/h
Highest speed:  338.7 km/h by Sebastian Vettel with the Ferrari SH71H


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One F1 fan comment on “Race Results 2018 Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

  1. Frans Wilson

    Christian Horner is an asshole. He can not handle a fair win from Le clerk or Sebastian. Ferrari is not even competition. Maybe his world turned arround because of his incompetance

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