Lewis Hamilton clinches championship title after emotional finale in Abu Dhabi
It wasn’t only the former Pussy Cat doll that was dabbing furiously at her eyes as she watched her boyfriend take to the podium after winning the 2014 Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton’s father, brother and step mother were all understandably emotional as the F1 driver won this year’s championship after a hotly contested series.
Although Hamilton was the favourite to win going into the race, his team-mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg was a close second, with only about 40 points separating the two- it was a close call. All Hamilton had to do was come at least second to take the title, and it could all have been different had Rosberg’s car not let him down on the day that mattered the most. The German driver was bedevilled by mechanical problems from start to finish, but he held on to at least finish the race in the hope that he could maybe still outperform Lewis. He proved he was a true sportsman by going out of his way to congratulate Hamilton in the winners room (even though he didn’t have to), as everyone watched to see how he would react to Hamilton’s win given the pair have had a few confrontations during this year’s series. Surprisingly, Rosberg conceded defeat gracefully, saying ‘The best man won at the end of the day”.
Hamilton who had a great start and almost smooth race from start to finish couldn’t control his emotions as he hugged his family at the finish line with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger crying and kissing his helmet, seeing as she didn’t have access to his face at the time. The tears continued to flow freely as the British anthem was played with Hamilton standing on the winners spot.
It’s taken the British champ 6 years to achieve what he did in 2008 when he became the world’s youngest F1 winner at the age of 23- a title he lost to Sebastian Vettel, who reigned for four years after Hamilton’s first win. Many had begun to doubt Hamilton’s abilities as a driver as he struggled while with McLaren before eventually switching to Mercedes.
Sunday’s win makes Hamilton the second British F1 driver to have won two titles in 40 years. It also makes him possibly the only black F1 driver to have ever won twice. A title well deserved for a soft-spoken, hard-working, true champion.