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Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula 1 title - a top moment of 2014

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With another Christmas having passed us by, and New Year's just around the corner, we are now into the top five of GiveMeSport's sporting moments of the year. In at No.5 is Lewis Hamilton's stunning Formula 1 title triumph. 

The title, which was the second of his career, came with the typical highs and lows, thrills and spills and all else associated with winning the biggest awards in sport. It was also enough to see him pip Rory McIlroy to the prestigious Sport's Personality of the Year award earlier this month. 

Here we recap the moments that made his second title even more special than the first, and what made his victory one of our greatest moments of 2014.

Rosberg rivalry

As with every great champion comes an equally great competitor, and Hamilton's rivalry with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg often threatened to boil over and derail his bid to top the podium at the end of the competition. 

The German was left feeling aggrieved after his teammate won the Bahrain Grand Prix in April by overlapping him, something he described as "over the line" at the time, and was also left fuming by comments made by Hamilton stressing the need to break his mental strength after the Brit triumphed at the Spanish Grand Prix. 

Their relationship deteriorated further after Rosberg secured pole position at Monaco in controversial circumstances, with track officials waving caution flags in order to prevent Hamilton clocking up his best time on the track and competing for pole. 

Relations between the two were soured further after Hamilton ignored advice from a team engineer to allow Rosberg to pass in Hungary, though the German gained his revenge by clipping the Brit's car and effectively ending his race on the second lap in Belgium.

Many highlights

There were many highlights of Hamilton's emphatic victory on the tracks, with the 29-year-old winning 11 races - almost double that of Rosberg and eight more than that of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third. 

After seeing Rosberg win the seasonal-opener down under in Australia, the British superstar responded by winning four races on the spin in Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain. 

He continued to keep the points tally ticking over in spite of winning just one race out of the seven that followed, but just as Rosberg and Ricciardo begun to crank up the pressure the Brit responded by winning six out of the final seven races to take the crown.

Final battle

After winning in Italy, Singapore, Japan, Russia and the USA only to see Rosberg manoeuvre himself back into the title race with victory in Brazil, it came down to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi to determine who would reign supreme. 

He topped the podium with Rosberg only managing to finish 14th, with car troubles preventing the German from making it a tighter affair. 

"This is the greatest day of my life," the 29 year-old told the BBC at the time.

"2008 was a great year in my life. The feeling I have now is way, way past that. The greatest feeling ever."

GMS moments so far...

6. Carl Froch knocks out George Groves in re-match at Wembley Stadium
7. Lizzy Yarnold wins skeleton gold at Sochi Winter Olympics
9. Europe retain the Ryder Cup
10. Oscar Pistorious convicted of killing Reeva Steenkamp
11. Rory McIlroy wins back-to-back majors
12. Atletico Madrid win La Liga
13. Liverpool's title challenge unravels
14. Liverpool's dramatic victories
15. David Moyes sacked by Manchester United
16. LeBron James confirms sensational Cleveland Cavaliers return
17. Seattle Seahawks blow out Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
18. Jo Pavey wins European gold
19. Robin van Persie's remarkable header against Spain
20. Michael Sam comes out and gets drafted by Rams
21. Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon
22. James Rodriguez won our hearts and the golden boot with this moment
23. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's Touchdown record
24. Richard Sherman's outburst live on TV
25. Chelsea rout Arsenal 6-0
26. Ashes whitewash and Kevin Pietersen sacking
27. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
28. Angel di Maria signs for Manchester United
29. Wayne Rooney named England captain
30. Bradley Wiggins wins the world title

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