One who is not very close to Formula 1 might look at the point’s difference between Lewis Hamilton (384) and Nico Rosberg (317) and think that the season was a bit of a walkover. That’s not really the case.
The final showdown took place at the magnificent Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. I’ll be honest; I’m not a fan of the circuit. The place is extraordinary but besides one other race when Kimi won back in 2012, the circuit doesn’t lend itself to much great racing. This finale was however very different. For the first time in F1 history we had double points on offer at the last race which meant that it was going to be a race to the finish for both AMG Mercedes drivers.
Nico took the Pole and he has been mega as a one lap specialist this season. His problem was that his teammate was next to him on the grid and in all honesty, Lewis has been the faster racer this year.
Lewis got the dream start off the line and left Nico wondering how he was going to be able to pass his teammate and keep his hopes alive. Once Lewis is in the lead, he is a very difficult man to catch and even pass. He has a brilliant ability to keep a decent distance between himself and those chasing him. He has matured into of the true greats of F1.
With all the permutations being considered, Nico was hoping that something would happen to Lewis’s car. Rosberg had the unfortunate reliability gremlins in the race. I said in my preview that it would be unfair to see a championship won or lost because of unreliability. Unfortunately that’s what happened but it must be noted that Lewis was leading Nico when the gremlins befell Nico and all Lewis needed to do was finish ahead of the German/Finn.
Rosberg suffered with ERS failure and was unceremoniously lapped by his championship winning teammate. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow but Nico never gave up and even when the team told him to retire the car, he nursed his stricken Mercedes to the finish line. He eventually finished a lowly 14th but he never gave up.
Lewis Hamilton drove perhaps one of his greatest races yesterday. It wasn’t spectacular but it was the drive needed to become World Champion. He drove it like a world champion and was crowned for the 2nd time in his career. He is now a double world champion and joins the likes of Vettel and Alonso of the current crop. He also becomes the first Brit since Jackie Stewart to have two world titles. A brilliant achievement! Thoroughly deserved and I feel a run of Hammer-Time for at least another year.
The rest of the race saw the might of Williams return. It is so gratifying to see them back near the top. They have a great combination of drivers and have got their technical team better sorted. It won’t be long before they are winning again.
One of the major stars of the season has been Daniel Ricciardo. His strategy was great yesterday and considering he started from the pit lane, to finish 4th was outstanding and on top of eat he beat his 4 Time world champion Sebastien Vettel convincingly.
Vettel will now move to Ferrari and will be praying that next year’s Ferrari is a lot better than this year’s. The Ferrari drivers finished 9th and 10th in Abu Dhabi after another very disappointing race and season. Alonso will leave Ferrari now and will join McLaren. But who will he be partnered by? My hope is Jenson Button but I’m not too sure. We’ll know next week I think.
Abu Dhabi is a very special place and has been the race that has determined a few championships already. Personally the final race should be in Brazil as it always gives us a great race. Yas Marina is too technical for a final race, but that’s just my opinion.
Congratulations to AMG Mercedes for an unbelievable season and congratulations to Lewis Hamilton. He was the best man this year and deserves the title.
Roll on 2015 – only 110 days to go