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Lewis Hamilton edges closer to Michael Schumacher's record

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton ended a triumphant Formula One season in style yesterday with a dominant victory from pole position for Mercedes in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his 250th race.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished second to cement third place in the championship, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc third on track but in danger of disqualification for a fuel irregularity. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished fourth.

Hamilton's 84th career victory, fifth in Abu Dhabi and 11th of the season meant the Briton equalled his own Formula One record of 33 consecutive finishes in the points. He also set the fastest lap.

He is just seven wins behind seven-time champion Michael Schumacher's record of 91, which he could realistically overtake next season.

Mercedes had already won both championships for an unprecedented sixth season in a row. - REUTERS

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