Hamilton Controls Race To Win 2014 World Championship

Lewis Hamilton crossed the line to win the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with it, the Driver’s World Championship. Nico Rosberg failed to finish as any hopes of winning the championship faded away with ERS problems less than halfway through the race. The Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished the race in second and third place, respectively.

Nico Rosberg had made a poor start from pole, allowing his team-mate into the lead where he stayed, with Rosberg keeping the gap to within a number of seconds. On lap 24, Rosberg began suffering an ERS (Energy Recovery System) failure, losing him several seconds. Despite the best attempts of the team over the pit radio, the problems only increased, sending Rosberg further down the order and several seconds per lap slower than Hamilton. He was asked by his Mercedes team to retire the car, but Rosberg insisted that he finish the race and finish he did in 14th position.

Lewis Hamilton was ecstatic to clinch his second driver’s title to add to his first from 2008 but disappointed that Rosberg could not keep battling with him until the end of the race.

“This is the greatest day of my life. 2008 was special but the feeling I have now is way past that. It’s the greatest feeling I have ever had. The start was like a rocket and probably the best I’ve ever had. Going into the race I had different approaches in my mind but the car was fantastic.”

“Nico put on an incredible fight all year. I’m very sad to know that the car wasn’t quick enough so that he could fight but, still, he was a great sport and came up to see me,” Hamilton added. “He said ‘you drove really well’ and the same for him, he drove very well all year, especially in qualifying.”

Rosberg was gracious in defeat

Rosberg was gracious in defeat

Nico Rosberg needed to win the race to stand any chance of the championship, but was heavily on the back foot with ERS troubles which increased to leave him down in 14th. Rosberg was full of praise in defeat for his title rival and team-mate.

“In the end my race didn’t make a difference because Lewis won fair and square anyway,” said Rosberg. “I won’t dwell on my issue today – he deserved to win today and he deserved to win the championship.

“He was this year that little bit better so it is fully deserved. He was the best driver on the grid this year.

“It was a great battle between us, and that’s what I race for. It was a very intense time of course, but also fantastic. Having such a strong car has been unbelievable.”

Massa has had a good end to his sason

Massa has had a good end to his sason

Felipe Massa looked like he could steal the race victory in his final stint as he ended his season with a strong second place to beat his team-mate. Massa was surprised that he could close the gap of 15 seconds to just over seconds in his final stint of the race and hoped to carry the success on to next year.

“I didn’t expect that, to have that pace,” he said. “We tried but Lewis was just a little bit too far.

“When there were 10 laps to go I said ‘if the tyres stay like that, I can win the race’. But the tyres were degrading a little bit.

“In the last four laps, I didn’t have [enough] compared to him to catch like I was catching him before.

“I wanted that victory so much, but we were close and I hope that’s just the beginning for next year.”

Alonso did not finish his time at Ferrari with a high finish

Alonso did not finish his time at Ferrari with a high finish

Fernando Alonso ended his final race for Ferrari in ninth. Alonso said it had been emotional on his final outing for the Italians, noting that he would be leaving the team at the end of the year with sadness.

“It was emotional,” he said. “The worst moment was on the grid when I jumped in the car, we fired up the engine, and the mechanics stayed there with the blankets for the last minute, with 20 seconds to go.

“I saw the faces of the guys with the two front tyres and they were looking at me with eyes shining, and it was tough. It was tough to put it in first gear and start the formation lap.

“I will miss the team, I will miss the guys. But when you join a new project it’s because you think it is better.”

Abu Dhabi was Vettel's last race for Red Bull

Abu Dhabi was Vettel’s last race for Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel finished in eighth, four places behind his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said that the team are sad to see Vettel leave as he departs to join Ferrari from next season on.

“He joined us as a boy really, very much a boy when he [first] started with Red Bull,” said Horner.

“He grew through the junior programmes, then through Toro Rosso into Red Bull and we have very much grown together. So we will be sad to see him leave.

“All we can do is wish him well for the future. But I think, as you can see from Daniil Kvyat, we have another very exciting prospect for the future.”

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Result

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h39m02.619s
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.576s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 28.880s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 37.237s
5 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m00.334s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m02.148s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m11.060s
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m12.045s
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.813s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.820s
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m30.376s
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m31.947s
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1 Lap
14 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1 Lap
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
17 Will Stevens Caterham/Renault 1 Lap
Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault Vibration
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault Engine
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault Electrical

 

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