Lewis Hamilton crowned 2014 Formula One world champion

PUBLISHED: 14:43 23 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:19 24 November 2014

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

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

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Lewis Hamilton is the 2014 Formula One world champion after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton on track ahead of the 2014 Abu Dhabi [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton on track ahead of the 2014 Abu Dhabi [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

The 29-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire clinched the title in today’s season-deciding 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Watched by his family and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, Hamilton took the chequered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit for his 11th race victory of the season – and was even congratulated over the team radio by Prince Harry.

Prince Harry told him: “You are an absolute legend.”

Title rival Nico Rosberg lost engine power during the race and was lapped by Hamilton in the closing laps.

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]

The German suffered further reliability issues with his Mercedes, dropping out of contention down in 14th place.

With Rosberg struggling with his Silver Arrows, Hamilton secured his second world crown, after first winning the title in 2008.

Hamilton joins Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart as the only multiple world champions from Great Britain.

After the race, Hamilton said: “I’m a bit lost for words really.

“I think one thing I want to say is a big, huge thank you to all the fans coming out all this way, all the flags, all the caps, everything, it made such a difference this weekend.

“I can’t really explain how much this means. It means even more than the first one. It feels like it’s the first time. I feel so blessed.”

Starting second on the grid, Hamilton sped into the lead after overtaking pole-sitter Rosberg off the line.

Hamilton said: “It was probably the best start I ever had. I knew from then on, straightaway, that I was in the lead.

“Obviously going into the race I had a couple of different options of how to approach the race.

“If I was behind then we’d see how it goes until the first stop but if I was ahead I knew I had to really, really race.

“The car was fantastic, we really got it spot on for the race. Obviously qualifying wasn’t perfect but we got it ready for the race and that’s what’s most important.”

He added: “This is the greatest day of my life, as I said. It’s really due to all the people around me. 2008 was a special time in my life.

“The feeling I have now is way, way past that and above and beyond. It’s the greatest feeling ever. I’m grateful to God, I’m grateful for my car finishing and really, to everyone, thank you so much everyone. Thank you.”

A gracious Rosberg said: “All in all Lewis deserved to win the championship.”


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