Hamilton not feeling pressure to make decision about future amid Ferrari talk

Hamilton not feeling pressure to make decision about future amid Ferrari talk

Ferrari has been fined 50,000 Euros for a 5kg fuel irregularity inside Charles Leclerc's vehicle at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, meaning he was allowed to keep his third-place finish.

Ferrari were fined 50,000 euros ($55,110) on Sunday for a fuel irregularity on Charles Leclerc's vehicle in Formula One's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but the Monegasque driver retained third place.

The display of mastery behind the wheel during the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi also offered a tantalising glimpse of what lies ahead for next season with the two 22-year-old prodigies in Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc completing the podium and serving notice that they will press Hamilton far harder next year.

The six-time world champion's success extended his points-scoring run to a record-equaling 33 races, leveling with his own record, and brought him his 50th victory from pole position.

Hamilton is now nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award, although cricketer Ben Stokes may prove to be stiffer competition for Lewis there than fellow drivers on the F1 Circuit. "You didn't even break into a sweat!" I can not tell you what is going to happen moving forward. I feel like the racing has been good, the pace still needs work, but that will come with experience.

"So it's not the first time and it has always been OK, but today we've got a discrepancy".

In the final 2019 F1 drivers' championship table, Hamilton finished first with 413 points, followed by teammate Bottas on 326, and Verstappen in third place with 278 points. This season we have been checked at least 10 times.

"There's a lot of youngsters coming through and, if you look at the grid, from second to seventh or eighth was all super youngsters", said Hamilton, who turns 35 in January. "Lewis was too fast for us".

"I want to keep winning, and I want to be fighting with these guys".

Verstappen said his best memory of the year was his victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.

"I would rate it - and I am leaning out of the window here - at 75%", Wolff said. "Now we have to step it up again".

The verdict means the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix does not change and Leclerc holds on to third position.

Max Verstappen has identified what he has to do if he wants to beat Lewis Hamilton.

His Ferrari vehicle was checked in the pit lane before the race and found to have infringed the strict fuel regulations. It was reported to race stewards who investigated afterwards.

"We didn't have the year we were hoping for, full stop", said a disappointed Vettel after finishing fifth at the Yas Marina circuit.

"I think the reasons are clear and the lessons are clear".

"I would say we did our best, not yet sufficient", he admitted.

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