Jolyon Palmer: Ferrari got "everything wrong" at 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

06-12-2019 11:30
by Bobby Vincent
F1 News
Jolyon Palmer: Ferrari got everything wrong at 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Former Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer believes last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pretty much summed up the whole of the 2019 season in Formula 1, with Ferrari getting "everything wrong".

Lewis Hamilton coasted to a comfortable victory at the Yas Marina Circuit, after starting on pole position. Max Verstappen was his closest challenger, with Charles Leclerc completing the podium places.

Despite Verstappen and Leclerc finishing in the top three, they never got near Hamilton on the Sunday, with the six-time world champion cruising to an almost 17-second-gap victory.

There was some controversy surrounding Ferrari as well, with a fuel irregularity on Leclerc's SF90, leading to a €50,000 fine for Scuderia, when many think he should have been disqualified from the race.

"Round 21, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and a race that pretty much summed up the entire season in the final round," Palmer explained during a video on the Formula 1 website.

"Lewis Hamilton scampered off to victory. Max Verstappen put in a good drive in the Red Bull and there was a lot of drama for Ferrari. For Hamilton, it was pretty routine, actually.

"Pole position was really strong. Valtteri Bottas started from the back. Mercedes were a bit too quick, really. Once Hamilton got the lead off the start, he was unchallenged. Good strategy, fastest lap at the end as well for good measure. 11 race wins for Hamilton.

"Ferrari got everything wrong. This was a weekend to forget."

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