By Daniel Wilson.
Lewis Hamilton won his second world championship of his Formula One career with victory at the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
His title rival and teammate Nico Rosberg suffered a failure within the power unit to end any chances of him snatching the title, and limped home in 14th place at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Hamilton pretty much had the championship won from lights out though, getting one of his best ever starts to jump pole-sitter Rosberg off the line after he got bogged down.
The two Williams of Massa and Bottas took advantage of Rosberg’s misfortune to secure their places on the podium with Lewis, who is now the first Brit to win two titles since Sir Jackie Stewart in 1971.
Daniel Ricciardo drove a superb race to finish fourth, with teammate Sebastian Vettel eighth, after both started from the pit lane because of an illegal front wing which saw them disqualified from qualifying yesterday.
Jenson Button was fifth in what could be his last grand prix as uncertainty over his future grows. He saw off the two Force India’s of Hulkenburg and Perez to secure McLaren’s fifth place in the constructors championship.
It was no doubt a disappointing end of Fernando Alonso’s time with Ferrari as he came home ninth ahead of teammate Raikkonen.
After the race, Lewis was surrounded by a sea of cameras and reporters as well as the support from his team, family and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, who all surprised him by showing up at the track this morning.
Hamilton’s idol, Ayrton Senna, won three titles and you have to say, with Mercedes looking set to dominate once more next season, Lewis’ quest to emulate Senna’s record may not take long – he only needs 8 more victories to match him.
I do however feel sorry for Nico, he drove a superb season and race until the problem came up. I respect his decision not to retire and admire his professionalism to congratulate Lewis on his crown afterwards.
Well, what a season! I don’t know about you, but I for one cannot wait for March to see what the 2015 championship has in store!
Did Lewis deserve to win the title?
Do you feel sorry for Nico?
What next for Jenson Button?
Predictions for 2015?
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