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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.
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.
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.
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.
Huge congratulations to Lewis for being crowned the 2014 Formula One world champion from the all the Reforma team.