F1 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result: Hamilton wins desert duel

PUBLISHED: 16:02 23 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 November 2014

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]


Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – and the F1 World Championship – after Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg suffered mechanical problems in their title decider in the desert.

The start of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]The start of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

The 29-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas racer from Hertfordshire took the chequered flag at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit today (Sunday).

With Silver Arrows team-mate Rosberg suffering reliability issues, and finishing down in 14th place, Hamilton claimed his second world title.

He is the first Silver Arrows driver to claim the title since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955.

Hamilton won the season’s concluding race from Felipe Massa’s Williams, with Valtteri Bottas completing the podium positions in third place.

Nicole Scherzinger watches the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Nicole Scherzinger watches the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull after starting from the pitlane, with Jenson Button fifth for McLaren in the provisional results.

But the day belonged to Hertfordshire hero Hamilton, who joins Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart in the pantheon of British motor racing greats as a multiple world champion.

Between them, Hamilton and Rosberg accumulated a record 16 wins, 18 pole positions, 12 fastest laps and 31 podium finishes in 2014.

And with 11 one-two wins in a single season, the team surpassed the previous record set by McLaren in 1988.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

“Congratulations to the new Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz cars.

“He has truly earned that title with a fantastic performance this year.”

Second on the Abu Dhabi grid, Hamilton made a perfect start off the line to take the lead, overtaking pole-sitter Rosberg on the run down to the first corner.

By lap three Hamilton had a 1.5 second advantage over his under pressure Silver Arrows team-mate.

Lewis Hamilton leads the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix into the first corner [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton leads the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix into the first corner [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

He comfortably controlled the race from the front in the opening laps and extended the gap to 2.1 seconds by lap eight of 55.

With the race lead, Hamilton was able to dictate pit-stop strategy and was the first Mercedes man in after lap 10.

The stop for tyres dropped Hamilton down to third behind Rosberg and Felipe Massa, with both still to pit.

Massa took the race lead when Rosberg came in for fresh rubber on lap 12, with Hamilton now running second behind the Williams driver.

2014 F1 World Drivers’ Championship

1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 384 points

2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 317

3 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 238

4 Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 186

5 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 167

6 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 161

7 Felipe Massa (Williams) 134

8 Jenson Button (McLaren) 126

Hamilton’s first stop was timed at 2.7 seconds and Nico’s at 2.6 seconds, and the Stevenage-born racer reclaimed the lead when Massa finally pitted a few laps later.

The 2008 F1 world champion set a fastest lap, which was then beaten by Rosberg, with 2.3 seconds between them.

Rosberg was told over the radio to “keep the gap to a manageable proportion”, with the plan to go longer than Lewis during the stint.

Hamilton, however, pulled further clear when Rosberg ran wide and lost 1.2 seconds.

Rosberg dropped further behind after losing engine power.

With Rosberg’s ERS failing and the German lapping almost four seconds slower than Lewis, Hamilton’s lead was soon 12 seconds over his team-mate.

The stricken Mercedes of Rosberg was then overtaken by Massa, with Hamilton now almost 20 seconds ahead of his title rival.

Hamilton also slowed down to protect his engine, and Massa cut the Mercedes man’s lead to under 10 seconds.

2014 F1 World Constructors’ Championship

1 Mercedes 701 points

2 Red Bull 405

3 Williams 320

4 Ferrari 216

5 McLaren 181

6 Force India 155

Lewis pitted from the lead after 32 laps for his second tyre stop.

He exited the pits in third place, behind Rosberg’s Mercedes, but he soon passed the limping Silver Arrows.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas moved up into third when he also overtook Rosberg, who dropped down to seventh after his second stop for tyres.

With Rosberg struggling, Hamilton drove conservatively behind Massa and retook the lead when the Williams driver made his final stop.

Hamilton steadily managed the race from there, lapping Rosberg with just a few laps remaining, to take the chequered flag ahead of Massa.

He was congratulated over the Mercedes team radio by Prince Harry.

And there is no disputing who is the current king of the Formula One track.

Hamilton’s former team McLaren secured fifth position in the constructors’ championship in today’s double-points finale in Abu Dhabi.

In the drivers’ championship, Button cruelly lost seventh place to Massa, finally finishing eighth on 126 points. In his rookie season, Kevin Magnussen finished 11th, scoring 55 points.

Button once again drove a fast and intelligent race.

He made a good start, slotted into fourth place and then battled hard against Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, eventually finishing fifth.

Magnussen started ninth, but suffered first-lap contact with Adrian Sutil – an incident that damaged the right-hand side of his car.

Despite then showing strong early pace on the Prime tyre, he struggled for performance during his middle stint on the Option. That compromised his final run to the finish, and he crossed the line 11th.

Button, the 2009 F1 world champion, said: “That was tough!

“I think we made the best of what we had this evening: in terms of strategy, we did the right thing, but we never really had enough pace to attack the cars in front.

“So, fifth was as good as it was going to be.

“Getting the maximum from the car is all that can be asked of a racing driver, and I think I’ve proved this year that I’m still at the top of my game.”

With rumours he might not have a driver with McLaren next season, Button added: “Since it’s the last race of the season, I’d like to say a huge ‘thanks’ to Tom [Stallard] and Bernie [Collins], my two race engineers, who’ve done a fantastic job this year, as have all my mechanics.

“The whole team has been so supportive, which is lovely.

“It’s been a good day for me, but a much better day for my old team buddy Lewis [Hamilton].

“Winning two world titles is an absolutely amazing achievement. Congratulations to him – he deserves it.”

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