Mercedes' warning shot shows how hard it will be to dethrone

Mercedes' warning shot shows how hard it will be to dethrone

Mercedes ended the F1 season with a flourish and, though Lewis Hamilton might have longed for more battles in Abu Dhabi, a crushing victory at the end of an open second half of 2019 was a timely reminder of the potency of F1's dominant combination

After a second half of the season full of twists, turns and plot twists, it was appropriate Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes rounded out the 2019 Formula 1 campaign by returning to dominant form in the Abu Dhabi finale.

To underline his advantage, Hamilton even nailed fastest lap with two laps remaining on well-worn hard Pirellis. This was a crushing, emphatic full stop to a season in which driver and team again demonstrated their supremacy, even when others were capable of going quicker.

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