The final race of 2014 Formula One season was scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi. The fight for Championship points was to go down the wire. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were the contenders for the 2014 title, a few point separated the two.
Both the German and British drivers race for Petronas Mercedes AMG team. They have dominated the entire season and have been on the podium frequently in 2014. During practice and qualifying Rosberg dominated most of the sessions and secured pole position for the race with Hamilton following him in second.
In a surprising turn of events Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, who secured fifth and sixth place respectively were disqualified. The FIA found out that their front wings were illegal and were thus, handed penalties.
Scuderia Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen outpaced Fernando Alonso for ninth place. This is the last time we would be seeing Alonso in Ferrari overalls, as he is most likely to move to the McLaren team. Sebastian Vettel will be replacing him and it will be interesting to see how the Italian fans react to him.
Rosberg and Hamilton were fighting valiantly up until lap 23. It was then when the German's car lost pace due to an ERS and several other electronic failures. To add insult to injury during the closing stages Hamilton lapped Rosberg, who could only manage to finish in 14th position.
Lewis Hamilton secured the top step of the podium at Abu Dhabi and claimed his second World Championship. It was his 11th win this year, which secured his second Formula One title.
The Brit was pushed hard by Felipe Massa in his Williams during the later stages, however, tyre degradation set in and ruined his chance. Teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in third position with Daniel Ricciardo in fourth. Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished in sixth and seventh places respectively.
Fernando Alonso completed his final race for Scuderia Ferrari in ninth place. Importantly he finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in tenth, however, the Spaniard would have liked to have finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel in eighth.