” Lewis Hamilton finally fulfilled his six-year dream of a second world title by winning the 2014 championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rival Nico Rosberg saw his hopes slip away with car trouble that eventually dropped him to 14th and out of contention.
Hamilton has been waiting for a second world title since he won in dramatic fashion in 2008, but managed to settle his nerves early in the race by taking advantage of Rosberg’s poor start to assume the lead into Turn 1. A problem with Rosberg’s Energy Recovery System [ERS] started to emerge around lap 23, reducing power as well as causing problems on the brakes. He managed to finish the race, but his hopes of a world title will have to wait at least another year.
The issue saw Rosberg haemorrhage positions in the second half of the race as he tried but failed to hang on to a fifth-place finish – his only chance of taking the title if Hamilton retired with an issue. Hamilton reacted by turning down his power settings, allowing Felipe Massa in second to close in during the final stint of the race and finish 2.5s off the back of the Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas took the final place on the podium to round off a resurgent season for Williams.
But Hamilton was the star on Sunday night as he held on to achieve his stated aim this weekend of securing the title with victory under the lights in Abu Dhabi. ”
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