The season 2019 of Formula 1 comes to its conclusion under the lights of Yas Marina: with the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi the curtain falls on the championship, which has once again saw the triumph of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. And it will be the six-times world champion to take the pole position: the English in the qualifying yesterday, it caught the first departure of the pole from the German GP in July. A fast, unusual, one of poleman’s most prolific in the history of F1, which has, however, been able to capitalize on others ‘ mistakes to win without starting from the front.
The result caught from Hamilton yesterday, it is not surprising, given that the Mercedes from the dawn of the era of the hybrid has exercised a domain overwhelmingly in Abu Dhabi. This is due not only to the performance of the power unit, but most of all, at least this year, the ability to do well in the last sector, consisting of the slow corners, where the W10 hovers easily, unlike instead of the SF90, for which the change of direction is not quick are a true Achilles heel unresolved. A perfect cocktail, this, to do well in the race, allowing opponents.
Next to Hamilton, in fact, there will be team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, while he grasped the second time in Q3. A penalty for replacement of the powe unit on the single Finnish did it backwards in the bottom of the grid, promoting in the first row of a customer uncomfortable. This is Max Verstappen: Dutch, fresh from victory in the Grand Prix of Brazil, certainly do everything to make the bis to Yas Marina and conclude the season in beauty. The high-performance Honda engine helps, as does the traction of the RB15 in the last sector.
The Ferrari, on the other hand, must be content to occupy the second row, with Charles Leclerc in third, and Sebastian Vettel next to him on the fourth box. The penalty, Bottas has made less bitter the debacle of the end of Q3, the result of yet another strategy unhappy of the wall of the Red. In an attempt to better exploit the evolution of the track, Ferrari has decided to exit later, its pilots, in order to begin their last lap just before the chequered flag. Sin that Leclerc has failed to pass before the end of the time and has not been able to seize his chrono.
Leclerc would not go beyond the third place, which, however, with the penalty, Bottas would have resulted in a landing in the first row. Certainly not the best way to finish the last qualifying of the year in monaco, which he still plays third place in the drivers ‘ standings with Verstappen, with which you can expect to see sparks. If these two riders are sure to be protagonists of the future of F1, you can’t say the same for the two drivers whose F1 career came to the checkered flag, at least for now. This is Nico Hulkenberg, 32 years old, and Robert Kubica, 35 in a few days: for them there is no place on the grid in 2020.
The race starts at 14.10 Italian.