Lewis Hamilton Crowned Champion in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton took the 2014 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship on Sunday at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and regained the title he last won in 2008. He came into the weekend with a 17-point lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes, but with double-points on offer in the final round, it was all to play for.

The German threw the first punch by taking pole position in qualifying ahead of Hamilton on Saturday, but the tables turned quickly at the start of the race when the Briton beat Rosberg into the first corner and lead throughout the race to take his 33rd career victory and eleventh of the season en route to the title.

Rosberg still had hopes of chasing Hamilton down, but his challenge was effectively ended on lap 26 when the ERS(Energy Recovery System) on his car failed and left him with reduced power for the rest of the race, eventually finishing out of the points in 14th place.

Filipe Massa and Valteri Bottas finished second and third respectively for Williams as Bottas confirmed his fourth place in the championship ahead of the likes of Button, Alonso and outgoing champion, Sebastion Vettel. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third in the Championship after winning three races and being the only non-Mercedes driver to register a race-victory this season.

This concludes a thrilling season which saw the Mercedes team running away with it from start to finish, but it still went down to the wire between the two front-runners in the Drivers’ Championship. The controversial double-points for the last race proved to be a stroke of genius by the FIA. The funny-looking nose-cones and less-than-spectacular noise of the smaller 2.4 litre engines had the critics up in arms, but in the end it did not take away any of the excitement.

The build-up to the 2015 season has already begun with drivers changing teams, most notably Fernando Alonso leaving Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel taking his place in what Vettel described as a dream come true as he will emulate his hero and former champion, Michael Schumacher in joining the team from Maranello.

The first race of the 2015 Formula 1 season will take place on the 21st of March at Albert Park in Melbourne. Will Mercedes be able to continue their dominance or will the chasing pack catch up in the off-season? Which ever way, we’re looking forward to it!

Final Standings: 2014 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship

Pos

Driver

Nationality

Team

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

British

Mercedes

384

2

Nico Rosberg

German

Mercedes

317

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Australian

Red Bull Racing-Renault

238

4

Valtteri Bottas

Finnish

Williams-Mercedes

186

5

Sebastian Vettel

German

Red Bull Racing-Renault

167

6

Fernando Alonso

Spanish

Ferrari

161

7

Felipe Massa

Brazilian

Williams-Mercedes

134

8

Jenson Button

British

McLaren-Mercedes

126

9

Nico Hulkenberg

German

Force India-Mercedes

96

10

Sergio Perez

Mexican

Force India-Mercedes

59

11

Kevin Magnussen

Danish

McLaren-Mercedes

55

12

Kimi Räikkönen

Finnish

Ferrari

55

13

Jean-Eric Vergne

French

STR-Renault

22

14

Romain Grosjean

French

Lotus-Renault

8

15

Daniil Kvyat

Russian

STR-Renault

8

16

Pastor Maldonado

Venezuelan

Lotus-Renault

2

17

Jules Bianchi

French

Marussia-Ferrari

2

18

Adrian Sutil

German

Sauber-Ferrari

0

19

Marcus Ericsson

Swedish

Caterham-Renault

0

20

Esteban Gutierrez

Mexican

Sauber-Ferrari

0

21

Max Chilton

British

Marussia-Ferrari

0

22

Kamui Kobayashi

Japanese

Caterham-Renault

0

23

Will Stevens

British

Caterham-Renault

0

24

Andre Lotterer

German

Caterham-Renault

0

Final Standings: 2014 Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship

Position

Team

Points

1

Mercedes

701

2

Red Bull Racing-Renault

405

3

Williams-Mercedes

320

4

Ferrari

216

5

McLaren-Mercedes

181

6

Force India-Mercedes

155

7

STR-Renault

30

8

Lotus-Renault

10

9

Marussia-Ferrari

2

10

Sauber-Ferrari

0

11

Caterham-Renault

0