Lewis Hamilton fourth Formula One title ahead of Abu Dhabi

2017 was the year of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, at least that is how the Championship looked at the very beginning of the season. Today we know that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes beat them fair and square - it was a bit of a mind game but also maintaining a cool head - even at the most desperate times.

Vettel had a 20 point lead by after the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, that lead was squashed by Hamilton when he won the 2017 British Grand Prix. Still Ferrari and Vettel came back in Hungary and even Belgium to keep a 7 point gap to Mercedes and Hamilton.

But things changed at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix, Hamilton claimed victory while Vettel only managed third. There was a desperate move by Ferrari to improve for the following races - but that desperation caused damage to their championship hopes.

At the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton extends F1 championship lead at 2017 Singapore GP courtesy of both Ferraris taking each other out while trying to squeeze Max Verstappen Red Bull.

The following races (Malaysia and Suzuka), Ferrari had technical problems, by the time they woke up, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton was cruising to his Fourth well deserved Formula One title with a 59 point advantage.

It was really a pity to see Sebastian Vettel retiring from the 2017 Suzuka race due to a "Faulty spark plug" - he could have finished second.

After wining the 2017 USA Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton clinched his Forth Formula One title at the Mexican Grand Prix. This is how the championship table look now (after the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix):

2017 F1 Championship

DriverTeamPoints
HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1345
VettelScuderia Ferrari302
BottasMercedes AMG Petronas F1280
RicciardoRed Bull Racing200
RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari193
VerstappenRed Bull Racing158
Go to 2017 Full F1 Standings

Here is a graphical view of the F1 championship point comparison between Hamilton and Vettel:

2017_F1_Championship_Leaders_by_Round

We are now at Abu Dhabi where is expected that Sebastian Vettel will keep his runner-up position - unless of course Bottas win and Vettel fails to score points....

Posted on November 25, 2017

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