Hamilton wins Formula One World Championship in Abu Dhabi

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Lewis Hamilton wins his second Formula One world championship title after victory in the Abu Dhabi grand prix. All season long we have seen a ferocious battle between the two silver arrows, going wheel to wheel, head to head to see who would be crowned the Formula One world champion. We’ve been used to seeing the silver arrows speed off way out in front, but the Abu Dhabi grand prix was a race of system failures, electronic problems and cautious tactical driving from both Robserg and Hamilton.

In the end Hamilton prevailed to be crowned the Formula One world champion for the second time in his career and described it as the ‘greatest day of my life’.

Hamilton had all his family present, and most noticeably girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. The weight of the seasons pressure coming to a close was emotionally clear in both Hamilton and Scherzinger who were both brought to tears. Hamilton described his second Formula One world championship as even better than the second one.
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After taking the chequered flag Hamilton cheered and wooahed down the radio thank the team for all their efforts, hard work and support through out the season. He was met by the voice of Prince Harry who came onto the Mercedes pit wall to speak over the radio to give Hamilton a message of congratulations, thanking him for his achievements for the British people and then the Prince went onto brand Hamilton ‘an absolute legend’.

Hamilton is only the fourth British driver to win more than one world championship title, joining Jim Clark, Graham Hill, and three time championship winner Sir Jackie Stewart. After such a dominant season with Mercedes, Hamilton and his supporters must already be thinking he could go on to joing Sir Jackie Stewart and/or become the most successful British Formula One driver of all time.
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Hamilton started the race with a 17 point lead over Rosberg in the Formula One world championship, needing to finish in the top two to guarantee the win of the Formula One world championship. With all eyes on the two silver arrows both starting on the front row of the grid with Robserg in pole position, the stage was set for a intense final show down between the two. When the red lights went out Hamilton launched off the line with the most perfect formula one start of his career, launching him in to first place by the first turn, and putting him more than a 1.5seconds ahead of Rosberg by the end of the first lap.

Rosberg was hit with electrical failures, which saw a huge loss of power to his car, seriously denting any chance of the German fighting for the championship. As a result of his failure Robserg finished in 14th position, declining to retire the race as the Mercedes team requested, as he was desperate to finish the season properly in true sportsman fashion.

Williams finished the season strong with Felipe Massa taking P2 and his teammate Bottas taking the last spot on the podium. The result guaranteed Williams the third spot in the constructor’s championships just behind Red Bull. A remarkable turn around from their season performance over the previous few seasons.
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It was good to see Hamilton and Rosberg seemed to put all the seasons’ tensions behind them once the result was finally decided. Rosberg went upto Hamilton to congratulate him in person and went onto say he deserved to win and was the best driver on the grid all season. The duos have certainly cemented their drivers spots within the Mercedes team for next season, and it’s a long wait until the season starts in March 2015. Many will believe Hamilton, Rosberg and Mercedes will be right up there again, challenging to retain the title in as dominant fashion as this season.
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Huge congratulations to Lewis for being crowned the 2014 Formula One world champion from the all the Reforma team.

Formula One Final Showdowns; End of Season

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This Formula One 2014 season has certainly been one to remember. The championship rivalry of two childhood karting friends, now turned into foes of the same championship winning team, has been the stuff of storybooks. With highs and lows for both drivers all throughout the season, the pendulum has swung continuously from race to race, leaving us all to speculate which one of the two silver arrows, will take the drivers crown this season. After 18 races it has come down to the final straw, along with the controversial double points ruling. Hamilton with a slight advantage only needs to finish second, with the pressure on Robserg to take the win and hope his team mate slips to third or lower. However Formula One is rarely so simple and straight forward. It is always full of surprises, and with a season full of shocks, stories and dramas, you can’t help think the finale in Abu Dhabi will throw up yet another final day showdown story twist in the 2014 season story.

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Here at Reforma we thought we would take a look at our favourites of the greatest and most memorable Formula One final race day title deciders, leading up to the build up to next weeks race in Abu Dhabi.

Take a look at our list below and let us know if you agree or if there is any you think we should have chosen instead:

James Hunt (Champion) vs Niki Lauda – Japan 1976

An incredible intense rivalry season between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The season was so legendary and memorable that it was depicted on the Hollywood screen attract attention from all over the globe, displaying the excitement of the 1976 season with all its dramas. A season that saw Niki Lauda storm in front from the first six races mixed with controvetial penalties award against both drivers (such as hunt’s car being slightly too wide for regulations) which was put down to team tactics and rivalry game play. However all eyes were on the two drivers. Both outstanding drivers at the top of their form, desperate to be champions in this season. The rivalry pushed so far that it caused the memorable, horrific accident suffered by Lauda who was engulfed in flames. With doctors thinking Lauda might lose his life, a return to Formula One seemed impossible, especially for this particularly season. However Lauda’s desire to win and beat his rival Hunt, only fuelled his recovery more and was back in the car within just a month, finishing fourth in Monza. The final race day was a monsoon of wet weather, each driver hoping able to take the title in Japan. After just one lap, Lauda pulled over refusing to finish the race because he felt the race conditions were too dangerous and he refused to race in such conditions. This meant Hunt needed a third place finish to take the championship. With just two laps to go Hunt was in fifth but manage to overtake Jones and Regazzoni to secure third and beat Lauda to the crown by just one point.
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Niki Lauda (Champion) vs Alain Prost – Portugal 1984

Eight years on and Lauda found himself in yet another dramatic final day championship title decider. This time Lauda was up against another Formula One racing legend, Alain Prost. Lauda and Prost were both McLaren team mates with the championship decided by the narrowest of margins in Formula One history. Lauda managed to take the championship title by just half a point. The half point came from a Monaco race which was halted just after 31 laps forcing half points to be awarded. Prost started the season in sterling fashion, taking the fight to his senior team mate Lauda of the time, by taking the lead at the mid point of the season. Lauda hit back in legendary fashion bring the championship close together again. Prost managed to take the victory in Portugal meaning Lauda needed a second place finish to take the title which he managed to pull of right near the end of the race. The two Mclaren were joined on the podium by no other than Ayrton Senna who would go on to have his own dramatic show downs with Alain Prost. . . .
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Senna vs Prost – Suzuka 1990

The story starts in Suzuka 1989, with both Prost and Senna driving for McLaren, a season that saw the team completely divided by the drivers rivalry. By the end there was no secret the two hated eachother and wouldn’t even speak to one another on any level. McLaren were struggling to keep the lid on their personal dislike for eachother and struggling to control the drivers. With both drivers able to take the 1989 crown in the final race the stage was set for dramatics. Senna was hounding down on Prost lap after lap which eventually caused a collision taking both drivers out. A collision which is still argued today as an intentional move by Prost to take out both drivers, rewarding him the championship in turn. However, Senna managed to get his car going again with the aid of the marshals, and produce an unbelievable outstanding drive to take the victory and the the championship. However Prost used his influences and personal friendship with French F1 Boss, which resulted in Senna being disqualified from the race for using the escape road. A decision, which is still disgustingly, looked up on by F1 fans and heroes to date. Almost exactly a year later in the 1990, this time Prost was in the Ferrari and Senna still with McLaren. Senna was marginally in front of Prost in the standings and needed to beat his rival to secure the title. With the race barely under way, a collision between both drivers on turn 1, taking out both drivers. The formula one couldn’t help feel Senna had done this intentionally in return for the previous years antics, taking his championship fate into his own hands. Senna maintained that it was a racing instant and the crash resulted in the championship being awarded to Senna.
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Schumacher vs Hill – Australia 1994

Schumacher was always at the heart of controversy throughout his formula one career and the 1994 final race against Hill in Australia was probably one of his most memorable. One of the most infamous final rounds in Formula One history. Schumacher smacked his Benneton into the wall causing the car to dramticly slow down and fall back into the pack. His championship rival, Damon Hill, was closing in fast and only needed to finish ahead of Schumacher to take the crown for the season. Schumacher clearly cut across his rival causing a collision. Schumacher was out of the race, with Damon Hill hoping to limp his car home to take the crown. Unable to continue though, Hill was out and the title was award to Schumacher which was met with intense, fierce debate.
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Hamilton (Champion) vs Felipe Massa – Brazil 2008

In a season that saw the pendulum swing from driver to driver several times throughout the season, on yet another McLaren vs Ferrari championship battle, the focus was all on Massa vs Hamilton heading into the final race in Brazil 2008. Felipe Massa heading into the final race knew only first or second would give him a chance at all of winning the championship. Massa produced everything he could, qualifying on pole, leading the majority of the race and securing the top spot of the podium to take the race win. As Massa crossed the line he was mathematically the champion, with Hamilton way down the grid due to slipping up in the wet weather stint of the race. However the title fight took one last swing on the very last corner of the last lap Hamilton managed to over take the slow moving Toyota of Timo Glock to secure fifth place and with enough crucial points to take the crown, much to the horror of Massa, his family and the whole of the Ferrari garage as they were in utter shock when their celebrations were cut short by the news reaching them that Hamilton had indeed won the championship.
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Vettel (Champion) vs Mark Webber vs Alonso vs Hamilton 2010

For the first time in Formula One history the final race showdown saw the possibility of four drivers able to take the championship. The 2010 season had been a superb one for the fans, with five drivers battling it out for the championship all through the season. Button lost the mathematically fight two races from the finale, leaving Alonso, Webber, Hamilton and Vettel to fight for the crown. All eyes were on Alonso and Webber who were the favourites to take the crown with Vettel and Hamilton outside long shots with the points going against them. A safety car caused many of the drivers to dive into the pits as the grid bunched up. Webber dive in causing the Ferrari team to react for Alonso to fend off his main rival. However the key factor was to be the Renault driver Vitaly Petrov. Alonso and Webber could not find a way past Petrov for the rest of the race. Alonso would just need to overtake Petrov and the sixth place finish would secure him his third championship despite where the other three rivals finished. Vettel managed to take the victory but would have to wait almost an agonising minute to find out the result of Alonso and if he could manoeuvre a way past Petrov. The Russian held off the Spaniard for the remainder of the race causing Alonso to finish seventh, handing the title to Vettel for the first time.
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Looking through the history of Formula One and the final showdowns of the season you can’t help but feel there is more to come from the 2014 formula one season. Will Hamilton cause a collision with Rosberg to make sure he secures the title in Senna/Schumacher fashion? Will we see another Mercedes engine failure for either Hamilton or Rosberg handing their team mate the crown? Or will the powerful Mercedes engined Williams play a factor in a track that is more suited to the Williams car coming between the two Mercedes team mates. The stage is certainly set for a dramatic end to a season which has been full of twist and turns. The race starts next Sunday for the grande finale of the Formula One 2014 season.
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Tesla Veterans Day Wrap

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Tesla Motors celebrated Veterans Day with a custom army wrap in collaboration with SS Customs, on the Tesla Model S. Tesla announced plans to become one of the biggest employers of military veterans in United States and already five per cent of the staff are veterans. The car was given the full US military works with complete full body camouflage wrap, camoflauge treated wheels, vinyl wrap on the rear windows to give it that army window protection effect, US military vinyl graphics all around the vehicle and even rivet graphics to give the car the armoured body appeal.
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Tesla are fast become the US peoples car choice. A company that puts the peoples choices and best interests first before their own profit margins as it would appear. It’s no secret Tesla are one of the very few car companies who have made a huge success primarily through electric vehicles. Tesla took the cheap, slow, plastic stigma of electric vehicles and turn them into fast, luxury and honest electric vehicles. The company only produces electric vehicles focused on changing the planet. With the fear of other companies copying their focus research and ground breaking technology, Tesla put in place aggressive, intellectual property patents to stop other companies copying their hard developed research. However in an amazing U-turn, this year Tesla announced they are making all of their patents freely available on a good-faith basis.

Tesla opted for the dramatic change because they feel automakers are making barely any zero-emission vehicles, typically less that 1% of their total production. Tesla hope this will begin to change and develop with them releasing their patents freely.
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The release of the patents has been met with some criticisms, mostly business concerned critics, who worry the move can only be a fall for Tesla with their whole company built solely on electric car technology. If other OEM’s are free to access their secrets to success and technology it is only inviting competition onto the Tesla brand and challenging their current customers. However, you have to admire the thinking behind the Tesla brand, and putting the greater good of the environment before their own profit needs.

Rosberg wins Brazil GP to keep Formula 1 hopes alive

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Roberg superb drive and win at this previous weekend Brazilian Grand Prix has taken the F1 championship right down to the wire. With just one race left and the controversial double points rule hanging over their heads, its all down to the two silver arrows to see who takes the Drivers championship crown to cap off a dramatic season of inter-team rivalry. Rosberg needed to produce a stunning weekend in Brazil and the German produce the perfect drive, finishing best in practise, qualifying P1 and a dominate first place finish on race day.
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Hamilton put plenty of pressure on his team mate, chasing him down lap after lap and making it clear he wasn’t happy to coast home to second place and let the championship be left to the last race. It was Hamilton’s desire to win at all costs that forced his car to spin out on turn 4 on lap 28 when he was pushing too hard on his pits top in lap. The Brit continued to push, making up for the time deficit the spin caused. For the last quarter of the race remainder Hamilton caught up his team mate to be within a second of each lap, however Rosberg managed to hold on keeping his championship dream alive.
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In any other Formula 1 season. Hamilton would have to only finish sixth in the final race in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take his second world title, even if Rosberg won the race. However the highly controversial double points decision has taken this championship down to the wire forcing Hamilton to finish at least second to take the title. The rule was created in an attempt to keep the title challenge excitement at its peak for the final race.
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The rule has certainly achieved what it set out to do, all eyes have been on the final race since the mid point of the season, and the Abu Dhabi grand prix is set to be one of the most watched and anticipated final season races in a long time. However all this has unquestionably been achieved some what unfairly. This season Rosberg has managed to take just five victories this season. In contrast Hamilton has managed to take twice as many with 10 victories this season. In Formula 1 history there has never been a driver to win four races consecutively and not win the championship that season. . . an achievement that Hamilton has manage to pull off twice this season. The championship is deservedly Hamiltons, but Formula 1 has be known to be a cruel sport and throw up many surprises in its grand finale. We’ll have to wait til this next coming weekend to see the dramatic race unfold.
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For all the title permutations see below:

Hamilton Wins:

– Finish ahead of Robserg
– Finish no lower than second if Robserg wins
– Finish fifth or better is Robserg comes 2nd
– Finish sixth or better if Robserg is not in the top two
– Finish eighth or better if Robserg misses out on the podium
– Finish ninth or better if Robserg is fifth
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Robserg Wins:

– Win the race with Hamilton third or lower
– Finish second with Hamilton sixth or lower
– Finish third with Hamilton seventh or lower
– Finish fourth with Hamilton ninth or lower
– Finish fifth with Hamilton 10th or lower
– Rosberg must finish fifth or better even if Hamilton scores no points or doesn’t finish the race. F1

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Formula One US Grand Prix

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This weekend saw the championship rivalry of the two Mercedes go down to the wire once again in the Formula One US Grand prix in Austin. Rosberg managed to take pole position on Saturday with Hamilton having brake trouble but still managing to secure P2. With Hamilton 17 points clear in the championship, the pressure was on Rosberg to retain P1.

When the red lights went out Roserg got the perfect launch off the line with Hamilton close behind. The two silver arrows were in a race of their own with the rest of the pack left way behind. Hamilton kept Rosberg within a few seconds lap after lap and the Brit couldn’t look anymore at ease.
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Eventually Hamilton made a brave late dive down the inside of Robserg at turn 12, holding the position to take his 10th victory of the season. Hamilton is now 24points ahead in the championship but there is a massive 75points available from the final two remaining races. However Hamilton can take comfort in knowing if he finishes 2nd in both of the last two races, and if Rosberg was to win both, Hamilton would still take the formula one championship for the second time in his career.
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Hamilton’s victory was a clear psychological hit to his team mate and only secured the Brit’s confidence even more so. Hamiltons win also broke him the record of most career grand prix wins by any Brit, passing the like of Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell. This certainly seems like Hamilton’s year and would take a might upset to change things in the final two races . . . .all eyes are firmly on the final race for any surprises.
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Behind the two Mercedes’ Daniel Ricciardo fought off the two Williams cars to take the final spot on the podium. Ricciardo has had an amazing debut season at Red Bull, and easily the most successful driver on the grid after the dominant Mercedes drivers.
Formula One US Grand Prix
Alonso took sixth place after a superb wheel to wheel battle with the fast finishing Vettel with a superb example of formula one world championship driving. Vettel started from the pit lane due to a engine exceed limit rule. He managed to fight through the field after a late stop for the fast soft tyre help him gain seven places.
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Hamilton was a little disappointed that this year the US Austin grand prix officials handed out baseball caps to the winners as oppose to the Stetsons the winners received last year. However Mario Andretti, 1978 world champion and ‘Sheriff for the day’ agreed to let Hamilton borrow his Stetson.
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We only have to wait less than a week until the Brazillian grand prix where we will be one step closer to uncovering the Formula One drivers world champion for a remarkable 2014 season.