Lewis Hamilton secured the 2014 Formula One world championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, winning the race after team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg suffered a complete electrical failure that saw him drop to 14th position by the chequered flag.
Hamilton passed Rosberg off the line and immediately put himself into position to take the title, but it was put beyond doubt when Rosberg suddenly slowed after his first pitstop. An ERS failure similar to that that crippled both Mercedes in Canada earlier this season was unresolvable, but a desperate Rosberg kept going until ordered to pit and retire his car from the race. His refusal to do so probably earned him the undying respect of fans around the world, but it was ultimately in vain.
Felipe Massa turned what had been a rather dull procession into a semblance of a race when he charged at Hamilton in the dying laps, but came up short and ended up 2nd ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. It was the first time since Monaco in 2005 that two Williams drivers shared the podium. Daniel Ricciardo drove a perfectly-executed two-stop race to 4th place, while Jenson Button single-handedly saved McLaren’s hopes of 5th in the constructor’s title race by finishing the event 5th as team-mate Kevin Magnussen struggled to an eventual 11th.
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez wound up with a strong 6th and 7th for Force India, with Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen locking out the top ten. Will Stevens finished his maiden race for Caterham commendably in 17th.
Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi and Daniil Kvyat were the only retirements, all victims of mechanical failures.