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Lawrence Barretto

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  1. See you in 2015

    Lewis Hamilton

    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!

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    Lewis Hamilton

    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.

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    Suzi Perry

    BBC F1 presenter

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

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    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."

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    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."

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    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."

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    BBC television

    "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."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "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."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "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."

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    "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."

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    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."

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    Sebastian Vettel

    "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."

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    Suzi Perry

    BBC F1 presenter

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

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    Lewis Hamilton

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

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    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.

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    Lewis Hamilton

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

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    Nico Rosberg

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

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    "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."

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    Daniel Ricciardo

    "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."

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    "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.

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    Mercedes: Waiting for something guys? ;)

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    Suzi Perry

    BBC F1 presenter

    Fernando Alonso

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

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    Eddie Jordan

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

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Jennie Gow

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

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    Anthony Hamilton

    "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."

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    Nicole Scherzinger

    "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...

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    Nic Hamilton

    "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."

  28. Get involved #bbcf1

    Lewis Hamilton

    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!

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    "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

    "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."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "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."

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    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.

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    "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

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

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    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.

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    Drivers' championship

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

  35. 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

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    Caterham team

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

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    Niki Lauda

    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.

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    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.

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    Paddy Lowe

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

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    The champagne is flowing in the Mercedes garage as Suzi, DC and EJ speak to all members of the team from the chap who looks after the drivers' laundry to Paddy Lowe who co-runs the team.

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    Red Bull

    Red Bull: Seb - it's been special.

  42. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 11 minutes

    Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Toto Wolff

    Our man Michael Cunliffe has been busy in the edit suite and has already pulled together 11 minutes of highlights of today's title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Feast your eyes here.

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    We're all done on BBC One - but that's not the end of it. We have the Forum to enjoy so get stuck into the celebrations and don't go anywhere.

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    McLaren: Huge congrats to our old mate Lewis Hamilton, brilliant season and worthy Double World Champion.

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    Jenson Button has just given a hugely emotional interview to Lee McKenzie where he insists that he "hasn't finished yet" but there's almost an air of resignation that it is done and dusted. "It was tough," says Button, who finished fifth. "I don't think we had much pace but made the best of what we had.

    Jenson Button

    "That was as good as it was going to be - that's all you can ask. I don't need to say anything to the team. The support has been unbelievable, overwhelming and hopefully I put on a good show.

    "One race should not define my career or show whether I have a future in Formula 1. I've not been treating it like a last race. You just focus on what you are doing. I always live in the moment but for people around me there is more time for them to think.

    "I haven't finished yet! It's been a good day for me but a much better day for my old team-mate and buddy Lewis Hamilton so congratulations."

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    Anthony Hamilton

    "I feel great but I haven't got a glass of champagne yet," says Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony Hamilton, who only flew in this morning. "He's had a tough year, things have gone against him but I always said to him 'keep strong and keep believing'. And he did.

    "His performances this year are all about him. He started the season his own man. Every now and again we need a helping hand and someone to say you're on the right road. But otherwise it's been all down to him.

    "The comeback at Silverstone is probably one of the highlights. In his bedroom on Saturday night he felt he'd let the whole of the UK down and he came back."

  47. Watch as Hamilton takes his place among the greats

    Lewis Hamilton

    So Lewis Hamilton becomes a multiple Formula 1 world champion, joining a roll-call of greats comprising Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

    Re-live the moment he got the job done here.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Actor John Hurt: Very sorry for Nico Rosberg's problems today, but thrilled to be congratulating Lewis Hamilton on his 2nd World Championship!

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    Lewis Hamilton

    British 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell: Congratulations to Lewis, brilliant race for him, great championship for him. Happy for him, sorry for Nico. Both Class Acts.

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    "We are not doing it on purpose," says Mercedes' executive director Toto Wolff. "It's bitter sweet. Nico did not have a great start but he showed great sportsmanship.

    Toto Wolff

    "He will have a lot of new fans. We have a world champion who deserved to be a world champion.

    "Nico probably had the strongest team-mate you can have. Nico scored more qualifying points which was Lewis' discipline. We expect the battle to continue.

    "We would like to sign Lewis up for a long time. He fits in so well with the team. When he wakes up tomorrow after a long night we will talk contracts."

  51. Get involved #bbcf1

    Jon Punshon: Nice to see #Rosberg so supportive of #Hamiltons win! Perhaps next year will be his year! Keep your head up, you did good overall!

    Lewis Hamilton

    Steve Stretton: Lewis Hamilton 2 x Formula 1 World Champion. Best feeling since Brazil 2008! What a tremendous drive to win the title!

    Helen Cooper: Well done Lewis Hamilton!!! Do feel for Nico though.

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    "There were lots of British fans and to get their respect and support was nice to see," adds Nico Rosberg. "The attitude and everything was awesome throughout the weekend.

    "I still believed for a long time. There was always the possibility that Lewis would get something wrong with his car. I never give up and always push and that's why I wanted to finished.

    "It's been an intense battle but a great battle. I race for battles like that. Lewis has been the best and it has been a great challenge. Most of the time it has been extremely enjoyable.

    "It's pretty easy to come back next year. I will be testing Tuesday - although I don't know what state I will be in."

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    Nico rosberg

    "I'm very disappointed," says Nico Rosberg. "All in all, Lewis deserved to win the championship. What happened to me had no impact, it did not change anything so there is no point focusing on that.

    "He did just a little bit better than me. The positive is I've been the better qualifier over the last two years and that gives me a good base. I came very close and it is a pity it did not work out. I'm proud to have been here with the team.

    "It's been very intense, a very special weekend for me with so much support."

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    "All the Brits have to be happy," says Mercedes' non-executive chairman and three-times world champion Niki Lauda. "It was an absolutely fantastic performance from Lewis. The best guy won it. Thank you Lewis.

    Niki Lauda

    "Nico did a perfect race and I'm really upset with what happened. We have to check the issue. It's a little hard for me.

    "I think Prince Harry liked it. All the Royal Family is behind him. I'm really happy for Lewis, we gave him a good car and he fulfilled my promise to make him world champion."

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    At the end of the race, Jenson Button did a few donuts to celebrate a solid fifth place. Is this the final time we'll see the 2009 world champion compete at the highest level of motorsport?

    It's been quite a finish to the year for the McLaren driver, who has finished in the top five in four of the last five races. He finishes eighth in the championship with 126 points, more than double that of his team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

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    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "No-one wanted to see the demise of Nico. It was a shame. But he accepted it as a true sportsman."

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    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "The first corner was a huge moment. It lifted all the pressure off Lewis."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis is so gently spoken, reserved and a lot of people were looking for chinks in the armour."

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    The final word goes to Lewis Hamilton. What happens now? "I don't know what will happen," he says. "This is the greatest day of my life and that's due to people around me.

    "2008 was special but the feeling I have now is above and beyond. It's the greatest feeling I've ever had. Thanks so much everyone."

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    Valtteri Bottas' third place means Williams have two cars on the podium for the first time since the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix and a deserved reward having produced a brilliant car this season. The Finn had remarkable consistency this season, scoring in 17 out of 19 races.

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    "I always like to be here [on the podium], says Valtteri Bottas, who finished third. "It would do for us this season.

    "It's been an amazing year, we are improving and getting stronger. This last race shows just how far we are going.

    "I'm really thankful I can be part of this team and I can drive this car."

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    Felipe Massa's second place is his best result since the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix. It's also the first time since 2010 that the Brazilian has claimed three podiums in a season.

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    "Thank you everyone and Lewis well done, congratulations, you deserve it," says Felipe Massa, who finished second. "It was a very good race for us. I did not expect to have that pace. I was able to keep the tyres for long parts of the race.

    Felipe Massa

    "We tried an option tyre [at the end] and unfortunately Lewis was a bit too far. We were close. With 10 laps to go I was a second quicker and I thought I could win the race. But the tyres degraded a bit and did not have enough of a gap.

    "It was a fantastic job for the team and I'm so proud to be racing for Williams. This is just the beginning."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    "I've been lost for words but I want to thank the fans," says an emotional Lewis Hamilton. "It's made such a difference. And to my family: I love you guys. And to my team thank you. It feels even more than the first time.

    "It was a good start, probably the best start I'd ever had. Going into the race I had a couple of different options. If it was ahead I knew I had to race. Qualifying wasn't perfect but we got it right for the race.

    "Nico put on an incredible fight throughout the year. We met in 1997 and always thought we would be competing together. He was graceful enough to come up to congratulate me. He just came into the room, very professional and he said: 'you drove really well.' And the same for him."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton's victory in Abu Dhabi today is the 33rd of his career, moving into fifth on the all-time list and ahead of Ferrari's double world champion Fernando Alonso.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton's 11th win of the season, making him the first non-German driver ever to win that many races in one year. Michael Schumacher (2002, 2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2013) were those who had previously achieved the feat.

  67. Get involved #bbcf1

    Megan: Ahh Hamilton tearing up makes me tear up. Well done Lewis!

    Ollie: Lewwwwwis hammmilltooon! Get in! Deserves to be world champion!

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    Lewis Hamilton

    "It's non alcoholic fizz here in Abu Dhabi but it still sprays and tastes good!"

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    Nicole Scherzinger

    Lewis Hamilton drenches his family and team beneath the podium and then Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff grabs a bottle and empties the rest of its contents over the new world champion.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton strikes his chest on the podium as he reflects on what he has just achieved. The Briton, after six years of waiting, has another world title for his collection.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Andy Murray: Congrats to Lewis Hamilton on winning another world title, well deserved.

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    Athlete Adam Gemili: So happy for @LewisHamilton on becoming World Champion again, what a legend!!!

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    Lewis and Filipe Massa

    "Not bad for an old man," said Felipe Massa as he crossed the line to finish second. He pats his former title rival Lewis Hamilton on the back as they await the podium ceremony.

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    Touching embrace between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff in the pre-podium room. And then a nice gesture from Nico Rosberg, who has headed up there to shake Hamilton's hand.

    Lewis and Nico
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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The way Lewis celebrates, you know just how much it means to him."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton parks his Mercedes in parc ferme and rushes over to embrace Nicole Scherzinger, his father, step mum and brother.

  77. Team radio

    Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe to Nico Rosberg: "Sorry it did not work out today but you drove like a champion all year."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton becomes only the fourth British driver to win more than one Formula 1 world title. He joins Sir Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark and Graham Hill. He is also the 16th driver ever to achieve the feat.

  79. Team radio

    Prince Harry

    Prince Harry: "Thank you very much Lewis for not letting the British public down.

    Lewis Hamilton: "Woooooaaahh world champion, oh my god, can't believe it, thanks everyone."

    Prince Harry: "Well done Lewis you are a legend."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Prince Harry congratulates Lewis Hamilton on the team radio as the Briton does a couple of donuts to celebrate before stopping to pick up a British flag from a marshal.

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    Lewis Hamilton holds off Felipe Massa to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - his 11th victory of the season.

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "At the age of 29 Lewis Hamilton goes even further in the global superstar status that goes with being a multiple Formula 1 world champion. A brilliant season capped off with a win."

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Lewis Hamilton

    "It's been a fantastic performance, the nerves have been taken to the limit, but Britain will have another world champion."

  84. Chequered flag

    Lewis Hamilton


  85. Lap 55

    Lewis Hamilton starts the final lap with a 3.3 second lead over Felipe Massa. It looks certain now that Hamilton will win this race - and more importantly the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.

  86. Lap 54

    Nice touch from Nico Rosberg there. The German is down in 13th, his title chance over, but he still wants to get to the line like a pro.

  87. Team Radio

    Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "Box, box, box, too many problems with the car.

    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg: "I'd like to go to the end.

    Nico Rosberg's race engineer: "Standby, standby ... continue."

  88. Lap 53

    Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff heads over to the team wall, with Felipe Massa still on a charge. He's got the gap down to three seconds. Meanwhile, BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports they are clearing a space in Rosberg's garage.

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Hamilton will lap Rosberg at this rate. He knows he is safe but wants to go out in style."

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    Mercedes: He's giving it all he's got, but Nico Rosberg is powerless (literally) to resist overtakes. Not like this - not like this...

  91. Lap 52

    What a finish this is from Felipe Massa, now just 3.8 seconds. I think Lewis Hamilton has done enough, but Massa is not giving this up without a fight. He wants that first win since 2008. Hamilton, though, is taking it very steady.

  92. Team Radio

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "Lewis, Nico is not a threat now."

  93. Lap 51

    Nico Rosberg

    It's going to be a grandstand finish as Felipe Massa closes to within 4.6 seconds of Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the lead. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg has slowed dramatically and is down to 13th.

  94. Cinq tours de la fin...

    Sit up straight, hands in your laps. It's time to pay attention for the final five.

    Can Lewis Hamilton keep it going to the flag? Will Felipe Massa earn what would be a very popular win?

    Here's your top 10 check:

    1) Ham 2) Mas 3) Bot 4) Ric 5) But 6) Hul 7) Ros 8) Per 9) Vet 10 Alo

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    Caterham: Kamui explains he felt "a lot of vibrations" during last couple of laps and car was becoming un drivable.

  96. Lap 50

    Nicole Scherzinger

    Felipe Massa now 5.8 seconds behind race leader Lewis Hamilton. "It's impressive stuff from the Williams team," says BBC co-commentator David Coulthard.

    Hamilton's girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger can feel the tension. Just five laps to go.

  97. Lap 49

    Nico Rosberg is currently seventh, with Lewis Hamilton leading. So as it stands, Hamilton will win the title. But what if Felipe Massa catches Hamilton and the two bang wheels, forcing Hamilton out? That would mean Rosberg would only need fifth to win the title. Just saying.

  98. Lap 48

    Felipe Massa continues to hunt Lewis Hamilton down, the gap now just 6.8 seconds with seven laps remaining.

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    Williams: Felipe told there is no threat from behind so he is just racing to the finish!

  100. Championship as it stands

    1 Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes) 334 (+50pts) = 384 CHAMPION

    2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 317 (+12) = 329

    3 Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull) 214 (+30) = 244

  101. Get involved #bbcf1

    Natalie Hoffman: Don't feel sorry for Nico. It's the final race of the season. Reliability was always gonna be a possible issue. Look at Pastor's car!

    Jamie Lee: Shame Nico Rosberg is battling with his car further down the grid instead of a championship battle with Lewis Hamilton.

  102. Lap 47

    Another fastest lap from Felipe Massa and the Brazilian is now just 8.3 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton! Eight laps to go.

  103. Lap 46

    Niko Hulkenburg

    Felipe Massa sets the fastest lap of the race to cut the gap to Lewis Hamilton to 10.3 seconds. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg cruises past Nico Rosberg in a wounded Mercedes to snatch seventh. It was all too easy.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg is driving with a wounded car. It's impressive how he is being able to manage all the problems he's had."

  105. Lap 45

    "You're on for possibly P5 if you can keep Nico Hulkenberg behind," Mercedes' Nico Rosberg tells his charge. That's going to be quite a challenge because the Force India is lapping very quickly on the super-softs.

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    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "I think Williams see an opportunity - they can put some pressure on for a victory."

  107. Lap 44

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton is told that Felipe Massa has fitted the super-soft tyres so he needs to keep the pace up. The Briton leads Massa by 10.8 seconds.

  108. Lap 43

    Lewis Hamilton

    Felipe Massa pits from the lead and rejoins in second, 11 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton. Massa has chosen the super-soft tyres. Is the Brazilian going to try and hunt Hamilton down? Game on!

  109. Lap 42

    Lewis Hamilton has got the gap down to Felipe Massa to 13.6 seconds with Daniel Ricciardo 24.1 seconds further back.

  110. Team Radio

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton: "Please don't turn up the car! Leave it alone, it's all working perfectly."

  111. Lap 41

    Nico Rosberg is up to seventh after Sergio Perez pits, but his title challenge is all but over as he continues to fall back.

  112. Team Radio

    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg: "Hey guys what's going on? The car switched off and now the throttle's all over the place. Get my brake pedal back now please!"

  113. Lap 40

    Felipe Massa's late first pit stop means he's going very deep into this race. The Brazilian is 14.2 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo 23.8secs further back. Fifteen laps to go.

  114. Watch the moment Rosberg's title hopes took a big hit

    Nico Rosberg's outside chance of denying Lewis Hamilton the title took a hit when his car developed a problem with its ERS.

    Re-live the moment when the problem struck here.

  115. Lap 39

    Nico rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has dropped down to eighth and is now lapping slower than everyone else on track. It's all gone wrong for the German.

  116. Text us on 81111

    Jamie Pragnell in Eastleigh: When Lewis Hamilton last won the title in 2008 in Brazil, it was Felipe Massa who won the race.....could exactly the same thing be about to happen again?

  117. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton is now bringing the gap down to Massa. He's looking calm and cool right now. He is absolutely focused, there are no signs of him blinking."

  118. Championship as it stands

    1 Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes) 334 (+36pts) = 370 CHAMPION

    2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 317 (+8) = 325

    3 Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull) 214 (+30) = 244

  119. Lap 38


    Valtteri Bottas is flying in fourth. The Finn has recently pitted for a fresh set of soft tyres and is now hunting down Daniel Ricciardo having set the fastest lap of the race.

  120. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "It's looking tough for Nico now to get the top five."

  121. Team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "How am I looking for that position I need in case Lewis drops out?"

    Race engineer: "It's not good at the moment."

    Nico Rosberg: "What the hell does that mean? What can I do?"

    Race engineer: "Just drive flat out, Nico."

  122. Post update

    Nigel Mansell: For all of us race fans it's so frustrating to have car problems in any race least of all this final race, so disappointing for Nico.

  123. Lap 37

    The end of this race is in sight and suddenly Felipe Massa is in with more than a sniff of victory. His lead over Lewis Hamilton is just under 16 seconds, although the Brazilian has a pit stop to come.

    Even when that stop happens, it's going to be mighty close between the pair, with Massa set to be on much fresher tyres. Don't forget these two fought for the title in 2008, with Hamilton snatching it at the death in Brazil.

    Here's the top 10: 1) Mas 2) Ham 3) Ric 4) Bot 5) Per 6) Hul 7) Ros 8) Vet 9) But 10 Alo

  124. Get involved #bbcf1

    Abu Dhabi

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Seems Lewis problem is sorted out, but shame Nico's is not. Shame we won't be entertained by wheel to wheel racing between the two.

    Dave Green: I'm not sure Rosberg would be in with a chance of winning this race even with a fully functional car. Lewis has the pace, clearly.

  125. Post update

    Mercedes: To confirm - Nico Rosberg has lost ERS. No hybrid power and battling turbo lag. Doing a heroic job to even keep the car running.

  126. Lap 36

    Niki Lauda

    Tense scenes in the Mercedes motorhome, with Anthony Hamilton and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda following the action on TV.

    Lewis Hamilton trails race leader Felipe Massa by 15 seconds with 19 laps remaining.

  127. Lap 35

    Nico Rosberg pits and rejoins in seventh, behind the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

  128. Post update

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Nico rosberg

    "As long as Rosberg finishes in the top five, if Hamilton retires then Rosberg could still be world champion."

  129. Lap 34

    Lewis Hamilton says he needs to pick up his pace. "Tell me what I have to do," he adds. His engineer replies: "Low 1m47s." That's exactly what he delivers on the next lap. Hamilton wants to win this race - he isn't interested in second.

  130. Post update

    Force India: Checo looks in his mirrors and he can see the biggest smile in F1 closing on him. Battling with RIC for P5 now!

  131. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Surely Mercedes want to win the last Grand Prix of the season. They are in it not only for technical reasons but marketing too."

  132. Team Radio

    Nico Rosberg: "Just get me in the top five or six."

  133. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Mercedes are hunting a record 16th win of the season."

  134. Lap 33

    Felipe Massa

    There is every chance that Felipe Massa is going to win the grand prix. The Brazilian, who has not won a race since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, leads Lewis Hamilton by 15.1 seconds - and still has to pit.

    Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas passes the stricken Mercedes of Nico Rosberg for third.

  135. Lap 32

    Hamilton and Rosberg

    Lewis Hamilton passes Nico Rosberg for second without any problems. The team have turned Hamilton's engine down, probably as a precaution following Rosberg's problem, which explains why Hamilton's pace has dropped off.

  136. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    In the Mercedes garage: "Both drivers are using power units on only their third race weekend. They are not long in the tooth. We don't know if Lewis has a problem but if he does that will be disappointing for Mercedes who tried to guarantee reliability."

  137. Lap 31

    Lewis Hamilton pits from the race leader. His brother Nicholas is out of the garage, arms folded while watching the stop take place. It's decent, but not spectacular and he's soon on his way.

  138. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Has there been an issue with Lewis? He's losing a lot of time. Massa is hunting down Hamilton."

  139. Lap 30

    Lewis Hamilton is losing a bunch of time! Felipe Massa is hunting down the race leader! The gap is down to nine seconds! The Brazilian just took two seconds out of Hamilton on that last lap.

  140. Post update

    Mercedes: Unbelievably calm and detailed feedback from Nico Rosberg - his campaign is on the line and he's still right on it! What a fighter!

  141. Lap 29

    Button and Alonso

    Super battle between Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, with the two former world champions squabbling over 10th place. Button bravely defends through a sequence of corners, but he's forced into a mistake under pressure allowing Alonso to take the position.

  142. Get involved #bbcf1

    Tom Beck: As much as I want compatriot Lewis to win WC, I don't want to see technical issues affect Nico's chances.

    Colin White: Shame it looks like a race where a mechanical breakdown or pit stops will make whats happening on the track exciting.

  143. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    Pastor Maldonado

    "That will have given some great images for any photographer."

  144. Post update

    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Pastor Maldonado

    "Pastor Maldonado looks very calm indeed, considering the back of his car is a barbecue."

  145. Lap 28


    Lewis Hamilton leads Felipe Massa by 13.8 seconds, with Nico Rosberg 2.6 seconds further back. Valtteri Bottas is catching Rosberg at a rate of four seconds a lap at the moment. The gap is down to 13.2 seconds.

    Meanwhile, Pastor Maldonado's season ends in a plume of smoke as the Venezuelan pulls off track with the rear of his Lotus flaming.

  146. Team Radio

    Nico rosberg

    Nico Rosberg: "It feels like more than the ERS. I'm literally holding back. Please investigate now please. It's more than the ERS."

  147. Lap 27

    Nico Rosberg tells his engineer that it's not just ERS that is not working. "Can you investigate that now, please? And then tell me what to do."

    Moments later, Felipe Massa passes Rosberg to take second. There was nothing the German could do.

  148. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It shouldn't take anything away from it but Nico was not doing enough to win this world title. There's a significant power difference now between the two cars."

  149. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "The Mercedes engineers are trying to work out what to do. Can they reboot this? It's like a broken computer."

  150. Lap 26

    Nico Rosberg is dropping back into the path of Felipe Massa in third. The gap between the pair is down to 2.6 seconds. Rosberg trails Hamilton by 10.9 seconds.

  151. Lap 25

    Nico Rosberg is now 7.1 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton. His Mercedes team tells him that ERS has failed. "He's going to be in so much trouble now," says BBC co-commentator David Coulthard.

  152. Lap 24