After the final race of the season, Häkkinen gave his opinion on Hamilton’s performance.
“Lewis Hamilton’s domination of the final race of the season was the best possible conclusion to the year for the six times World Champion,” said the Finn.
“He was in complete control, sounded calm and focused when speaking to his engineer on the radio, and looked very happy afterwards.
“Lewis is 35 years of age next month and completely at the top of his game.
“This was also Mercedes’ sixth successive victory in Abu Dhabi, a circuit which suits their car and its tyre usage.
“It is also a track Lewis enjoys – this was his fifth victory at Yas Marina – and it was good to hear him tell David Coulthard after the race that he really appreciated the young talent coming through in Formula 1, and how much he enjoys racing them.”
Häkkinen, who is also a part of Valtteri Bottas’ management team, says 2019 was a season of growth for the Finn.
“Valtteri would have finished on the podium in Abu Dhabi if he had not been forced to start the race from the back of the grid, and then get held up by the failure of the DRS system for the first 20 laps.
“That fourth position was as much as he could have hoped for in this race.
“At the end of his best-ever season in Formula 1, Valtteri has really grown this year, and in my opinion the Hamilton-Bottas partnership represents the strongest lineup when you consider speed, talent, years of experience and team mentality,” concluded the two-time champion.