The silver was double for Ferrari, which secured second place in the Constructors’ World Championship ahead of Mercedes. Spaniard Carlos Sainz was fourth and his compatriot Fernando Alonso retired in his last race with Alpine when he was fighting for points.
For his part, Alonso consummated his sixth retirement of the year after his engine said enough on lap 28, a sad farewell to his third stint at Renault, now as Alpine. The Asturian, who next year will run for Aston Martin, could not return the German Sebastian Vettel to the hall of champions that he gave him along with Hamilton in his first withdrawal from Formula 1.
The duel between Sainz and Hamilton marked the first laps at Yas Marina, in which the two Red Bulls tried to break away. The Briton passed the man from Madrid at the start, a tense fight sharpened after the seven-time world champion flew through the chicane, just like last year against Verstappen, to return to the lead on the second lap.