British driver Lewis Hamilton is now a two-time winner of the FIA Formula One World Championship. In quick fashion on Sunday, November 23, Hamilton jumped ahead of teammate and pole-sitter Nico Rosberg at the start of the race at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to lead virtually all the way home to the finish line 55 laps later. The winner of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix repeated a feat he accomplished last in 2008 to become the most recent multi-year champion in the sport.
According to Formula 1, Hamilton, driving the No. 44 Mercedes AMG-Patronas, grabbed the 50 double points awarded in the finale race of the season with little challenge. After leaping out front with a strong start from the second spot on the grid, Hamilton’s chances for the win were helped considerably several laps later when Rosberg experienced reliability issues with his car, losing power and ending up finishing 14th in the race.
Rosberg’s hopes of surpassing Hamilton’s lead in the championship were dashed in the process, since any chance he had to take the crown would have been to win the final race of the season with Hamilton placing third place or below. Rosberg took second place in the overall championship, however, enjoying with Hamilton a clean sweep for the Mercedes AMG-Patronas team that, earlier in the season, had already secured the Constructors’ Championship.
According to a press release from Mercedes, Hamilton’s championship for the team marks the first Drivers’ Championship for a Mercedes team driver since Juan Manuel Fangio won it while driving for the team back in 1955.
It was a good day all around for Great Britain as well when that country’s Williams racing team took second and third spots on the podium. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas earned 36 and 30 points respectively, in the double-points race.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who experienced his first Formula 1 wins in his debut season with the team this year, took fourth place in Abu Dhabi. Going in to that race, Ricciardo had already confirmed his third place finish in the Drivers’ Championship based on points accumulated throughout the season. He could not be caught for that result.
Other finishes in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that starts at dusk and finishes under the lights went this way, according to Formula 1: 5th, Jenson Button (McLaren); 6th, Nico Hulkenberg (Force India); 7th Sergio Perez (Force India); 8th, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 9th, Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 10th, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari); 11th, Kevin Magnussen (McLaren); 12th, Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso); 13th, Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 14th, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 15th, Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber); 16th, Adrian Sutil (Sauber); and 17th, Will Stevens (Catheram). Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), and Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) all retired.
According to Mercedes, in the 2014 season of 19 contests marking the first year of “the new hybrid era in Formula 1,” the Silver Arrows took 16 wins, 18 pole positions and 31 podiums. Many analysts say the team was so superior to all other teams in 2014 that they don’t see the German team’s dominance fading by a significant amount in 2015. However, only time and a new season will tell.