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Summary

  1. Hamilton world champion for second time
  2. Fourth British driver to win more than one world title
  3. Hamilton won the race, with Massa second
  4. Rosberg suffered car problems throughout, finishes 13th

Live Reporting

By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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See you in 2015

Lewis Hamilton
EPA

And that was that. After eight months and 19 races, Lewis Hamilton won the final battle - and thus the war - to clinch his second world title, six years are his first.

Now we've got the winter break before pre-season testing begins in 69 days' time. Forty one days after that, the 2015 season starts and we do it all over again. It'll be here before you know it.

On the weekend of my 50th BBC Formula 1 live text commentary, I want to thank you for your company and contributions throughout the season - you've been awesome and I've had a blast.

Until next year, it's goodnight me from. Bye!

Lewis Hamilton
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Suzi Perry says that the team will be filming a review of the season show tomorrow and that'll be on your screens on 27th December. And with that, the final BBC F1 forum of the season draws to a close.

Suzi Perry

BBC F1 presenter

"We know Jules Bianchi is breathing and we send all our love out to him."

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

"My moment of the year has been re-emergence of Williams. I feared we would lose them but Claire Williams has come in and turned them round. They were ninth last year and are a breath of fresh air. We need more people like them."

Lee McKenzie

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

"These days don't happen very often. Nico was so gracious after everything he'd gone through. Hopefully in 20 years time they can sit down and have a smile. I was in the Mercedes garage with Nicole and the family and Nico gave them all a hug. They both appreciate what each other has done."

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"There have been so many highs, but the standout moment was that Mercedes team management let drivers race wheel-to-wheel. Formula 1 has been very open to the fans of Formula 1 this season. That is my highlight, up there with Eddie Jordan getting a custard pie in the face."

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

BBC television
BBC

"I'm exhausted. It's been a brilliant year and I've loved every second of it. It was the right result and Mercedes' year was unlike any other."

Lewis Hamilton
AP

"It's really going to take some time to sink in," adds Lewis Hamilton. "I don't know what I have next week but I hope to see family. At the end of the week we will have seat fitting but I might need a bit of bulking! I don't really drink so will let everyone else get obliterated.

"As a driver you are always conscious of the possibilities of the car failure. It's not something you can prevent. We've had ups and downs and I did not know what was going to happen. But I had so much faith. I knew I could do it. I had faith God would keep it going.

"I had no idea my family and Nicole were coming. I was messaging my dad last night and knew I had to be so selfish and did not want to involve them. But my dad messaged me. I said I wanted them here but either way I knew they would be.

"I did not hear anything Prince Harry said. It was very cool, I'm very grateful. It's unreal, it's incredible."

Lewis Hamilton
BBC

"It's been an unbelievable year," says Lewis Hamilton, talking to Suzi Perry. "It's phenomenal to be here. There's so much energy in the team. I did not know I could drive like I did today. It's got to be the best start I've ever done. It's what my heart has been yearning for all year."

On joining Mercedes at the start of last season, Hamilton said: "It was a combination of meeting Niki in Singapore but when I met with Ross I understood what the team was for. Ross had a document with plans but Niki sealed the deal. I'm so grateful for those guys."

"It's surreal but it's magic," says Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams, following the team's third-placed finish in the constructors' championship. "But it's been an amazing year. I love my boys and girls. I couldn't be happier.

"Frank will be in hospital thinking 'why are they so excited?'. It's all about winning and we want to do that next year. We want to make progress."

When asked about King Juan Carlos of Spain saying Fernando Alonso had told him he was going to McLaren next year, Alonso said smiling: "What the king says I cannot go against. The king is the king. He is always right."

Sebastian Vettel
BBC

"This season has not been great," says Sebastian Vettel, who leaves Red Bull after five years to pursue a new era at Ferrari. "I'm not the happiest guy! It's been an incredible journey. You can never inspect four titles in a row. You get to know people in a good way and go through happy and sad days. I have learned a lot and am ready for the next step."

Suzi Perry

BBC F1 presenter

"The look on Lewis' face says it all, it's pure joy."

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst

Lewis Hamilton
BBC

"Only one driver of the day, Lewis Hamilton, stunning day at the office."

A few Mercedes staff go rogue and crack open a few bottles of champagne to soak the new world champion Lewis Hamilton after all the photos are done and dusted.

Lewis Hamilton
BBC

A few minutes later Lewis Hamilton comes out and takes a bow as the team applaud his achievement.

Nico Rosberg
BBC

The Mercedes team chant Nico Rosberg's name as he strolls out to take his position for the end-of-season photo.

"I'm so happy to be here," says Felipe Massa, who finished a brilliant second. "Today was my best race of the season in terms of pace, looking after the tyres and everything. The podium was nice. Unfortunately we are just missing Frank [Williams] but I'm sure he is watching us.

"It's amazing to see how much we've improved. We want to improve more. I'm really happy to be part of it. Things change quickly but I know how to win and be quick. I can hope I can have that for a long time."

Daniel Ricciardo
BBC

"It was pretty much a faultless race," says Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who finished fourth. "We did everything we needed to. It wasn't boring but one step better would have been nice from the pit-lane.

"It's been a pretty much perfect year without holding a world title. It was nice to start and finish the season well."

"You want to be on the podium at least," says Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in his final race for the team. "I knew it would be tough. It summarises our season a little bit. It's mixed feelings leaving Ferrari. There are great people here.

"It was a nice experience but I'm looking for better results than 10th. You will find out very soon where I will be driving - you are close!"

Alonso is expected to join McLaren next season, the team which he spent a year with in 2007.

Mercedes
Mercedes

Mercedes: Waiting for something guys? ;)

Suzi Perry

BBC F1 presenter

Fernando Alonso
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"Spanish TV have reported that Fernando Alonso told the King of Spain he would be joining McLaren next year."

Eddie Jordan
BBC

Eddie Jordan gets a pie in the face from two of his former Jordan team employees. Bravely, he doesn't try to fight it.

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

Jennie Gow
BBC

"Jubilant scenes at Abu Dhabi for the Mercedes team. What a season and congrats to Lewis Hamilton."

Anthony Hamilton
BBC

"If ever someone had told me when Lewis was eight he'd be a double champion I'd have called them a liar," says Anthony Hamilton. "I'm so proud. Thanks to the guys back home."

Nicole Scherzinger
BBC

"We just flew here this morning to surprise him," says Lewis Hamilton's pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. "We were going to be here whatever happened. Today was meant to be. We will have a lot of party. We are the woo-hoo girls!"

Woo-hoo girls? I don't know either...

Nic Hamilton
BBC

"I did not expect it," says Lewis Hamilton's brother Nicholas. "We're brothers and try to inspire other. It's great how close we are as a family."

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Lewis Hamilton
EPA

Sarah Burrow: Great job by Hamilton! Gutted for Rosberg, he did a great job to get the car home! #AbuDhabiGP #bbcf1 Roll on March 2015!

Michael Gregson: Enormous respect for Nico Rosberg a sportsman and a gentleman. Sure he'll continue to challenge Lewis Hamilton in 2015!

"I just had sheer faith, messages from people and fans sending me stuff," says Lewis Hamilton. "I met someone in Washington who said I'd do it. We win together and lose together and many people have boosted me. I knew I could not give up on them.

Lewis Hamilton
AFP

"Nico has been a rival for the last two years and stepped up his game this year. I was thinking if any of the cars were to stop it would be mine. That's naturally what goes into your mind when you are in bed. But I went for a run to clear my mind.

"I never imagined this. When I met Ron aged 10 I wanted to be a world champion but never looked beyond on that.

"I was grateful for the one but I did not know. So many other things could affect the result but I just kept faith and said my prayers every day. This is a real platform to inspire people."

Lewis Hamilton
AFP

"It doesn't register with me," says Lewis Hamilton when he is told he joins Sir Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark and Graham Hill as the only Britons to win more than one F1 title. "It doesn't feel real. I had no idea how it would go.

"I woke up so early - 6am and I was thinking I had forever for the race. I knew anything could happen. I'm so happy for the energy people gave me, that made the difference.

"Today I don't know how but compared to 2008 I was so much more relaxed. I hoped that was a positive - and it was. I felt so composed.

"I wanted to battle to the end but will take what we had. Nico put on an incredible charge and I'm grateful I had a good battle."

Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter: Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on winning the #AbuDhabiGP and his second #F1 world title. A great day for British motorsport.

"At the end we are living for the fans who are living for motor sport," says Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche. "We lose it if we give team orders. Ultimately it was great for the sport that they could fight it out.

Dieter Zetsche
BBC

"These two are great human beings and they represented the Mercedes brand well."

BBC
BBC

And here's the final 2014 Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship standings. It was a super performance by Mercedes to clinch the title while Williams performed a brilliant turnaround to finish third this season.

Drivers' championship
BBC

So here's what the final 2014 Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship looks.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Felipe Massa 3) Valtteri Bottas 4) Daniel Ricciardo 5) Jenson Button 6) Nico Hulkenberg 7) Sergio Perez 8) Sebastian Vettel 9) Fernando Alonso 10) Kimi Raikkonen

11) Kevin Magnussen 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Romain Grosjean 14) Nico Rosberg 15) Esteban Gutierrez 16) Adrian Sutil 17) Will Stevens

DNF: Kamui Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado, Daniil Kvyat

Caterham team
Caterham

Caterham on Twitter: THANK YOU everyone. With love, @CaterhamF1

Niki Lauda
BBC

Niki Lauda insists that Mercedes will extend Lewis Hamilton's contract for "more years". The Briton's contract expires at the end of next season.

This was the first race this year that Nico Rosberg has crossed the line in a position other than first or second. The German was 14th today after a power issue with his Mercedes.

Paddy Lowe
BBC

"So many people have put together a car of such dominance we could never have imagined," says Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe.