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Hamilton Wins Abu Dhabi, Second F1 Championship

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, November 23 2014

Lewis Hamilton won his second F1 World Championship on Sunday.

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Lewis Hamilton didn’t need to be perfect in Sunday’s Formula One race in Abu Dhabi to be crowned World Champion, but he pretty much was.

Hamilton won the season-ending F1 event as he held off a charging Felipe Massa. Hamilton’s effort, combined with engine problems in the car of his Mercedes AMG teammate/closest pre-race pursuer – Nico Rosberg – allowed Hamilton to cruise to the 2014 championship.

The championship was the second for the British driver. The victory was his 11th of the year.

Rosberg limped to 14th-place finish – a lap down to his teammate.

Rosberg and Hamilton started the race – which paid double championship points – next to each other on the front row. They started with Hamilton having 334 championship points and Rosberg second with 317.

Hamilton quickly took control and began gapping his teammate, who won five races in 2014.

The big shoe fell on Rosberg on Lap 27 when problems with his Mercedes’ electronics began to rob his engine of power. He was passed for second place on that lap by Felipe Massa in his Williams.

With Rosberg no longer a threat, Hamilton was able to dial back and conserve. He was passed for the lead by Massa while pitting and was content to sit second – for a while.

When Massa pitted with just about a dozen laps to go, Hamilton moved back to the lead.

With 10 laps to go, Massa found himself 10 seconds behind Hamilton.

He closed the gap but not nearly enough to challenge for the victory.

Finishing third was Massa’s Williams teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, November 23 2014
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