Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2014 Formula One Driver’s Championship.
Hamilton finished off the season with a win at the Abu Dhabi grand prix to clinch the championship from teammate Nico Rosberg who he has been battling with all year long. Rosberg took the early championship lead in Melbourne, Australia.
This championship is Hamilton’s second, his first came in 2008, and he called today’s event “the greatest race of my life.” And it certainly was, taking over first place as soon as the lights went out, Rosberg never to regain the lead again.
The Englishman did have some help from his teammate, though, when he suffered a technical failure with the ERS system, causing him to lose engine power and all but end his hopes of a championship. After that, it was a relatively easy drive for Hamilton to the finish, with no other drivers having a shot at the title, he just had to get the car home.
Lewis Hamilton did that in spades, winning the contest after a late race challenge by Williams driver Felipe Massa, who finished the race in second.
Valtteri Bottas completed a successful Williams weekend by finishing in third place.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js This year’s championship has been a back and forth battle dominated by the Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg. After taking control of the title in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton put together a string of successful results to set him up for his second World Driver’s Championship in Abu Dhabi.
“2008 was a great year in my life. The feeling I have now is way, way past that. The greatest feeling ever.”