Lewis Hamilton is, without doubt, the top F1 driver this season. He has won 11 races out of 19. At 23 years of age, Hamilton has matured into an accomplished driver. Throughout the year, Hamilton has outclassed his companion and rival, Nico Rosberg. Despite the rivalry, team Mercedes has some of the best drivers in the Formula One.
More about Hamilton’s win at Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi – Final result
At the end of 55 laps, this is how the race ended with top 10 positions clinched as follows:
- Lewis Hamilton
- Felipe Massa
- Valterri Bottas
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Jenson Button
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Segio Perez
- Sebastian Vettel
- Fernando Alonso
- Kimi Raikkonen
Button – McLaren still undecided
Jenson Button may have had his last Formula One race in Abu Dhabi. He has been in good form this year. Hi fifth position finish at the Yas Marina circuit could still be reason enough for team McLaren to retain him. As it were, McLaren are not sure who to partner Fernando Alonso with in 2015. Button will be celebrating his 35th birthday in January. He has been racing for McLaren for the last five years. His present contract ends in December.
2015 – Possible Formula One line-up
The next racing season will be in 2015. It will be interesting to see how teams present their lineups. Here’s a glimpse of how things might look like:
- Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
- Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.
- McLaren: Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen or Jenson Button.
- Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
- Williams: Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
- Force India: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
- Lotus: Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
- Sauber: Marcu Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
- Toro Ross: Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr or Alex Lynn.
Hamilton expected to remain with team Mercedes
Expectations are high that Hamilton’s relationship with Mercedes will run for a long time to come. Hamilton’s career started at McLaren. At the time, Mercedes were the engine suppliers for the team. After the F1 2012 season ended, he switched to team Mercedes. Team executive Toto Wolff looks forward to Hamilton’s new contract.
Rosberg’s car – it could have let him down
The most notable thing about 2014 Formula One season has been the rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg. In the end, a technical knockout acted as a crucial decider. Perhaps Rosberg could have won the championship if his car was in as good a shape as Hamilton’s. Nonetheless, Hamilton was also heard telling his engineers that the car’s engine was not revving properly.
Time to awake a slumbering giant
Ferrari has had a seven year dry spell. For a team whose motorsport brand is the biggest, this may seem embarrassing. Nonetheless, Ferrari will have Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen stepping up in 2015. Ferrari has also invested in additional manpower with an additional sixty staff members recruited for next season. Fortunately, Ferrari has some of the most brilliant mechanics and engineers in Formula One. It is time for the slumbering giant to wake up.
Teams will now go back to the drawing board. They will try to come up with winning solutions for the new season. The 2015 season will kick off with Australia hosting the first grand prix from 12th to 15th March, 2015. The 2015 F1 championship calendar will have 20 races. This is one more race compared to the 2014 calendar that had 19. The Mexican Grand Prix which is making a Formula One comeback is the latest addition. The Mexican round will be at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City.
I’m off to senategrandprix-abu-dhabi.com to get my tickets for the 2015 Grand Prix final at Abu Dhabi.