Lewis Hamilton is delighted with the way he and Mercedes ended the 2019 F1 season and believes this year is one of the biggest in terms of team growth, which is why he hopes for a good position next season when he expects even stronger challenge from Red Bull and Ferrari.

Hamilton won his 11th race this season and sixth grand chelem in his career where he is second only to Jim Clark (8), reaching podium for the 17th time in 21 races, scoring points in all races, as in 2017, and scoring on the 61/62 previous races.

What a way to end the season!,” said Hamilton.

“As a team, as a whole, we’ve been very strong this weekend and Valtteri did a great job today as well. I’m just so grateful for everyone’s continued hard work and dedication this year, we continue to raise the bar together.”

Hamilton Mercedes F1 2019 Abu Dhabi post race on track in the car burnouts Photo Daimler

“The support has been unbelievable, I’m completely overwhelmed, so a big, big thank you to everyone at the track but also back home who supports me. Team LH is such a cool, positive movement, I really appreciate it.”

“This has probably been the biggest year of growth for us as a team, so I hope that that will put us in a good position for a new challenge next year. I’ve had some great races with Valtteri, Max and Charles this year and I anticipate that it will be even tougher competition in 2020.”

“These guys will be working flat out to try and raise the bar, so I’m under no illusion that I will have to do the same this winter, but I wholeheartedly think I can. I feel fresh and just ready to keep going and I’m looking forward to another challenge next year.”

Hamilton’s 2021 F1 season in numbers (21 races)

WINS

1 Hamilton 11

POLE  POSITIONS

 2 Hamilton/Bottas 5

PODIUM PLACES

 1 Hamilton 17

FASTEST LAPS

 1 Hamilton 6

RACES LED

 1 Hamilton 19

RACE KILOMETERS

 1 Hamilton 6381

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 21/21 RACES

1 Lewis Hamilton 413 18 25 25 18 26 25 25 25 10 26 2 25 18 16 12 26 16 25 18 6 26
2 Valtteri Bottas 326 26 18 18 25 18 15 13 18 15 18 4 15 18 10 18 25 15 25 12
3 Max Verstappen 278 15 12 12 12 15 12 10 12 26 10 26 19 4 15 12 8 15 25 18
4 Charles Leclerc 264 10 16 10 11 10 15 15 18 15 12 25 25 18 15 8 13 13 15
5 Sebastian Vettel 240 12 10 15 15 12 18 18 11 12 18 15 13 25 18 18 10
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. 96 6 4 8 8 4 8 10 10 8 10 4 15 1
7 Pierre Gasly 95 4 9 8 11 4 1 6 12 8 2 4 6 2 18
8 Alexander Albon 92 2 1 4 8 1 10 8 8 10 12 10 10 8
9 Daniel Ricciardo 54 6 2 8 6 12 4 8 8
10 Sergio Pérez 52 1 4 8 8 6 6 4 6 1 2 6
11 Lando Norris 49 8 4 2 8 2 1 6 4 6 4 4
12 Kimi Räikkönen 43 4 6 2 1 6 2 4 6 12
13 Daniil Kvyat 37 1 2 6 1 2 15 6 1 1 2
14 Nico Hülkenberg 37 6 6 4 1 4 10 2 1 1 2
15 Lance Stroll 21 2 2 2 12 1 2
16 Kevin Magnussen 20 8 6 4 2
17 A.Giovinazzi 14 1 2 1 10
18 Romain Grosjean 8 1 1 6
19 Robert Kubica 1 1
20 George Russell 0
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