New five-time champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his 11th win of the season on Sunday when he drove his Merced to a well-judged triumph in an incident-filled season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old Briton, who started from his 83rd pole position, came home 2.5 seconds ahead of his main title rival four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
The win came after a race that began with a horrific opening lap crash from which Nico Hulkenberg escaped unhurt, his blazing Renault car having barrel-rolled into the barriers.
Dutchman Max Verstappen finished third ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, in his 100th race for Red Bull and 150th overall before moving to Renault, and Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes.
Retirement-bound two-time champion Fernando Alonso finished 11th for McLaren in his 311th and farewell appearance.
Hamilton’s victory completed a season of dominance for the Englishman.
Nico Hulkenberg climbed out unhurt after barrel-rolling his Renault car into the barriers in a horrifying blazing opening lap crash.
The German driver tangled with Frenchman Romain Grosjean’s Haas as they fought for position.
His car catapulted into the air and rolled at high speed into the barriers where, on impact, flames bust from the rear of the car. Hulkenberg was able to walk away and medical staff.
The race stewards quickly announced they were taking no action and treated the crash as a racing incident.
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