Rosberg’s mechanical problems in the race made his job easier, but it was still heart in the mouth stuff at times during the season finale as Lewis Hamilton drove a faultless race to win the world championship in the desert duel. While Hamilton controlled the race from the front, a failure of the ERS system for Rosberg early in the race ultimately led to him being told to park up on the penultimate lap but electing to drive to the end and being lapped by his teammate on lap 54.
The race was filled with drama from the start as Hamilton passed Rosberg while Bottas dropped back through the field before a stunning recovery drive to get back onto the podium behind Massa who finished 2nd to equal Williams’ best finish of the season.
Elsewhere, the Red Bull drivers both recovered well from having to start from the pit lane with Ricciardo driving to a well earned 4th place ahead of Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel finishing ahead of the driver he’s replacing at Ferrari next year on his way to 8th place.
Maldonado’s race finished in dramatic style as his Lotus Renault engine blew up. While Kvyat and Kobayashi also stopped early with mechanical problems.
Jenson Button’s finish in 5th place reinforced his claims for a seat in 2015, especially since his team mate Magnussen finished outside the top 10, while a season to forget for Ferrari ended with a whimper as Alonso crawled home in 10th ahead of Raikkonen.
Hamilton’s championship came at the end of a dominant year for the silver arrows. The W05 has been the class of the field since early testing, and the team’s dominance is likely to continue through the current formula with their engine and chassis having been developed over the past 2 years with the 2014 championship in mind.