Toto Wolff steered Mercedes through a title fight with Ferrari where the Brackley-based squad won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships for a fifth consecutive season. However, success was not only limited to Formula 1…
Stoffel Vandoorne became the first driver to be whitewashed in qualifying by a team-mate over the course of a season since Nelson Piquet, Jr in 2008 after he could only manage 18th in Abu Dhabi.
In what will be his final grand prix for the team, Esteban Ocon qualified in ninth place, five places ahead of team-mate Sergio Pérez.
Lewis Hamilton claimed his 83rd Formula 1 pole position in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas completing the front-row. Sebastian Vettel third, as Fernando Alonso lines up 15th in likely final grand prix.
Nico Hülkenberg was positive about Renault’s pace in Friday practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but warned caution due to contrasting track conditions.
Romain Grosjean secured 10th place in first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, following it up with seventh in the evening session.
Marcus Ericsson will step down from Formula 1 driving duties after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but is determined to leave Sauber with a points finish.
Pierre Gasly will end his spell at Toro Rosso in this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of his promotion to the senior Red Bull team for the 2019 season.
Valtteri Bottas made a strong start to clear the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, but slipped to fifth at the flag as Mercedes clinched its fifth consecutive constructors’ championship.
The double world champion will start the Mexican Grand Prix in twelfth place, and get a free choice of tyres.
Kimi Räikkönen could only manage sixth on the grid for the Mexican Grand Prix, as the Finn looks to cement his third place in the drivers’ championship.
Max Verstappen suffered a rear suspension failure in the first part of qualifying, limiting him to eighteenth on the grid, after penalties are applied, for the US Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean handed Haas its first-ever top 10 grid slot in its home grand prix, securing eighth for the race in Austin.
Mexican Pérez will stay at Force India for a sixth season in 2019, and is likely to be partnered by Lance Stroll.
Pérez believes the track layout at the Circuit of the Americas will suit Force India’s package, as the reborn team looks to continue to move up the constructors’ standings.