Lewis Hamilton was beaten to pole position in Abu Dhabi by title rival Nico Rosberg. But we knew that Lewis usually races better than Nico and on Sunday he showed it again, erupting off the line at the start and leaving Rosberg to eat the dust he left behind him. Nico did not have any answers and Lewis edged away as Nico hoped that his rival would be struck by mechanical trouble. But Fate was going to get the last laugh because it was Nico who ran into trouble with an ERS failure and he drifted backwards down the order, eventually ending up a miserable 14th. The team suggested that he park the car but Nico was having none of it: if he was going to lose, he was going to lose at the wheel, and afterwards he congratulated Lewis. That is how one should lose and Nico knows that. It was a tough season for both men but the statistics said it all: Hamilton 11 wins, Rosberg five. Any other result would have been wrong.
There was some excitement towards the end as Felipe Massa, in his Williams-Mercedes, closed up to Lewis. But he did not have enough left in his tyres. In third was Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams, who had a tough afternoon after an awful first lap. Behind them Dan Ricciardo drove from the pit lane at the start to fourth, ahead of Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg.
In GP+ this week…
– We look at the F1 champion
– Is Mattiacci moving on?
– Damon Hill talks of winning and losing
– A look at Formula E
– Remembering Grand Prix races on sand
– The Hack levels his gun and shoots
– JS goes off on a tangent – about architecture
– DT discusses engine politics
– Peter Nygaard celebrates his 500th Grand Prix with some more great photos.
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