Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but ultimately lost the 'Duel in the Desert' as teammate and bitter rival Nico Rosberg finished second to secure his maiden world championship.
But the race was far from straight forward and Hamilton did everything in his power, including ignoring direct team instructions, to find a way to win. The defending world champion led for the majority of the race and, in the latter stages when it was clear that Rosberg was comfortably in second, slowed down deliberately to back the German up and allow the Red Bull's and Ferrari's to catch him up.
The Brit received direct orders from multiple Mercedes team members to speed up, due to concerns over a fast approaching Sebastian Vettel on fresher tyres, but duly ignored the requests in order to seek his third straight world title.
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After the first request, Hamilton retorted 'I suggest you guys let us race' and then, when the situation worsened and technical director Paddy Lowe told him to speed up, Hamilton replied: "Paddy, I'm actually in the lead right now and I'm quite comfortable...Right now I'm losing the world championship whether I win or lose this race."
Luckily for Mercedes, Rosberg hung on to second place without any major incidents or threats from Vettel.
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Hamilton defends himself
Hamilton received a fair amount of stick for his comments on the radio and his tactics overall but defended his performance in a post-race interview.
The 31-year-old said: "In the last stint I tried to help myself because obviously I wasn't getting any help anywhere else. I didn't put Nico in harms way, I didn't cause the team any damage...
"We still got a one-two so everyone should be happy and Nico got the championship. I think I did everything I could within fair reason"
Despite Hamilton's rather debatable tactics, Rosberg hung on and clinched his first drivers championship, emulating his father Keke (1982) in the process.
Speaking in his post-race interview on the podium an emotional Rosberg said: "I'm very, very glad that it's over," said Rosberg, normally a placid and focused competitor who was forced to fight all the way to the chequered flag, by some uncompromising tactics from Hamilton.
"It's unreal... I am very, very proud. I have done the same feat as my dad achieved."
"He will be here in half an hour and I am so excited to see him."
The 'Duel in the Desert' certainly lived up to it's billing and it's safe to say the relationship between the two teammates, which was already strained, will not be any better after the antics in this race!
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