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Lewis Hamilton 2014 F1 champion with victory in Abu Dhabi

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Lewis Hamilton claimed his second Formula 1 world championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as team-mate Nico Rosberg hit trouble.

The Briton made an incredible start to take the lead into turn one and led from start to finish holding off a late charge from Felipe Massa with his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas third.

For Rosberg, it was bitter disappointment as the second Mercedes had ERS problems for much of the race eventually limping home in 14th place.

Flawless Hamilton

But in the end it was a day and a season that belonged to Lewis Hamilton who produced a flawless performance at Yas Marina from the great launch that saw him comfortably in the lead into the first corner, as Rosberg got bogged down, and from then controlled the pace throughout giving his team-mate little chance even before his problems to claim his second world title.

Behind the Williams confirmed third place in the constructors' championship with another impressive showing in Abu Dhabi.

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Felipe Massa looked as if he could have snatched Hamilton's win at the end as he was closing by over a second a lap on the super-soft tyres, but second for the Brazilian was still a rich reward as he sees the team he joined beat his former team Ferrari in the standings.

Valtteri Bottas came back from a poor start to claim third as he too continues to put his name in the hat for a future world championship after a remarkable year that sees him finish fourth in the drivers standings ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

Ricciardo leads Red Bull recovery

With third in the drivers' championship sewn up and second in the constructors', it was a case of capping off a fine season in style for Daniel Ricciardo and he did just that as he came back from the disappointment of seeing both Red Bull's disqualified from qualifying to claim fourth after starting in the pit-lane.

The Australian produced some great overtakes and also showed excellent pace to ease to fourth ahead of Jenson Button who finished fifth in what could be his final race for McLaren.

Force India shine as Ferrari falter

Force India made use of their tyre advantage to claim sixth and seventh as Nico Hulkenberg led Sergio Perez.

With the super-soft tyres proving quite fragile for most they were able to take advantage of an alternate strategy using the red-striped Pirelli's at the end of the race to pass the trailing Rosberg and the two Ferrari's.

Sebastian Vettel made his late pit-stop work to claim eighth while for Ferrari it was a race that rather typified their season, as the underpowered Prancing Horse's were unable to make progress and slipped back from their starting positions as Fernando Alonso claimed ninth in his final race for the team ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in 10th.

The right man won the title

Back to the front, however, and for Lewis Hamilton, his second world title makes him the first British double world champion since Sir Jackie Stewart and, while the tension may have been taken away with Rosberg's problems, his performance was that of a champion on Sunday.

Looking back over the season he was also the most deserved champion because while Rosberg was consistent throughout, Hamilton was the quicker driver and his 11 wins in a solitary season ties Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for the second highest in history.

With double points the gap was a rather flattering 67 points between the two Silver Arrows but it has been a dominant season for the Briton when everything worked so its quite right that we should say Hamilton is the 2014 world champion.

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