F1: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claims 2014 world championship in Abu Dhabi (+photos)

From press release

Lewis Hamilton drove a perfect race to claim his second world championship, Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

The 2008 and 2014 world champion led throughout despite pressure from Williams' Felipe Massa, who drove an aggressive race to claim second, ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas in third.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1
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"I'm a bit lost for words really," admitted Hamilton on the podium.

"'I can't really explain how much this means. It means even more than the first one. It feels like it's the first time. I feel so blessed."

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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Hamilton's teammate, Nico Rosberg, made a poor start from pole position, but was hanging on Hamilton's tail until ERS problems slowed him down. Despite though race that saw him finish only 14th, he was among the first to congratulate Hamilton.

Felipe Massa Toto Wolff Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
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"Suddenly the speeds were completely different because ERS was playing up," the German remembers. "And when that happens it starts to interfere with a lot of other systems - and at one point there were problems everywhere."

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes W05 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1
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"(Hamilton) did a little bit a better job than me in the races," he added. "Tiny bits that I need to find! He was the best driver on the grid this year."

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1
(Photo: WRI2)

Race results* - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (round 19 of 19)
1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W05) - 55 laps 1.39'02"619
2 - Felipe Massa (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 2"576
3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 28"880
4 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 37"237
5 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 1'00"334
6 - Nico Hulkenberg (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1'02"148
7 - Sergio Perez (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1'11"060
8 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1'12"045
9 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F14-T) - 1'25"813
10 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F14-T) - 1'27"820
11 - Kevin Magnussen (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 1'30"376
12 - Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1'31"947
13 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1 lap
14 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W05) - 1 lap
15 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1 lap
16 - Adrian Sutil (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1 lap
17 - Will Stevens (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1 lap

Fastest lap of the race: 1'44"496, by Daniel Ricciardo

Retirements
Kamui Kobayashi
Pastor Maldonado
Daniil Kvyat

Drivers' championship
1.Hamilton 384; 2.Rosberg 317; 3.Ricciardo 238; 4.Bottas 186; 5.Vettel 167; 6.Alonso 161; 7.Massa 134; 8.Button 126; 9.Hulkenberg 96; 10.Perez 59; 11.Magnussen, Raikkonen 55; 13.Vergne 22; 14.Grosjean, Kvyat 8; 16.Bianchi, Maldonado 2.

Constructors' championship
1.Mercedes 701; 2.Red Bull-Renault 405; 3.Williams-Mercedes 320; 4.Ferrari 216; 5.McLaren-Mercedes 181; 6.Force India-Mercedes 155; 7.Toro Rosso-Renault 30; 8. Lotus-Renault 10; 9.Marussia-Ferrari 2

*Unofficial results


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