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F1: Top 5 Races Of All-time at the Abu Dhabi GP

George Howson
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2014 - The New Double World Champion


Hamilton and Rosberg duked it out for the 2014 title in Abu Dhabi
Hamilton and Rosberg duked it out for the 2014 title in Abu Dhabi

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is F1's only ever double points race (a rule that we'll hopefully never see make a return) but this did mean that the title race between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued into the final round with the German having a reasonable shot at the title.

Rosberg had set an incredible lap to claim pole position, nearly 4 tenths ahead of Hamilton, but it was the latter who led into Turn 1 thanks to a perfect launch off the line. In Lewis' own words, he drove his Mercedes as he stole it and from there he wasn't challenged for the lead. Nico did his utmost to try and take first place back, but Hamilton did just enough to keep his team-mate at bay.

On Lap 23, things went from bad to worse for Rosberg, locking up, running wide and then reporting engine troubles. His ERS had failed, meaning a loss of 160bhp, an amount that even the W05 couldn't afford to lose.

Rosberg plummeted down the field, ending up in 14th and a lap behind Hamilton by the finish. With Lewis backing off to ensure he finished, Felipe Massa closed up to his once-championship rival, but couldn't get within striking distance, missing out on his first win since 2008.

Valtteri Bottas made it a double podium finish for Williams, while a mention should also go to Daniel Ricciardo, finishing an excellent fourth after starting from the pit-lane. For Hamilton, though, he became a legend - in the words of Prince Harry - for he was a double world champion, and a champion for two different teams, something not many have achieved.

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