Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 50th career win in an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Sebastian Vettel who led from start to finish. For Hamilton this victory wasn’t as eventful as the spectacular one he won last year, but he still had to leave at the back of the field when his Mercedes lost power in the third corner. And his exit resulted in a trip to the safety car for the first time this season.
This meant a safety car was run for a total of 85 laps, and with only Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, and Max Verstappen remaining, each car was required to wait until all four cars were freed. Kimi Raikkonen gave the Ferrari a leak at the back, which hit both the Mercedes and Vettel, bringing him to a stop. And so Hamilton had to wait for the speed penalty to be applied and leave the track. In the meantime, Lewis’s team mate Valtteri Bottas was able to pass Carlos Sainz and steer him to fourth place.
Lewis went on to finish fourth. But what was slightly surprising was that he beat Vettel by one point. He wasn’t trying to capitalize on having to pass, Hamilton instead said he did so to make sure that Vettel didn’t win and the series would be decided by points.