"To claim two one-two finishes from another pair of back-to-back races was a great achievement. When fatigue can so easily become a factor this late in the season, everyone has stepped up their game to ensure a record-breaking end to an incredible year. Of course, our drivers were no exception and Brazil provided another tense, exciting battle – once again demonstrating how evenly matched they are. Nico controlled the race in impressive fashion – particularly given the disappointment he felt after Austin – while Lewis proved his fighting spirit once again to recover from a spin and push his team-mate all the way. Now, they head to the final race with a World Championship on the line. When we look back through the season, each driver has had his share of ups and downs and both have shown great strength of character to recover from setbacks. As a team we are fortunate to have such a talented line-up and both are worthy champions in the eyes of everybody behind them at Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart. Of course, there will be bitter disappointment for one of them and great joy for the other. While it won't be apparent to them at the time, both have long careers ahead of them and they have proven their credentials for the years to come. You only have to look back to such great battles as that of Lauda and Prost in 1984 to see what can be achieved. This was the last title for Niki, who won that year, and Prost was defeated in that battle. But he then went on to win four Championships before he retired. A top driver always has the ability to engineer another opportunity and both our boys have proven themselves to be just that: top drivers. It is now down to us to ensure that this fascinating year concludes in the right way by giving Lewis and Nico a platform to settle the title purely on the track. It is fantastic for the sport to have such a finale in what has been one of the great seasons of Formula One. I for one cannot wait to watch the race in Abu Dhabi and I’m sure those at home feel the same. May the best man win!"
In Numbers: The 2014 World Drivers’ Championship
|Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg|
|Front Row Starts||14||14|
|Laps Led||455 (42% of season total)||482 (45% of season total)|
|Sessions Led||60 (48% of season total)||47 (37% of season total)|
14 November 1964 – 50 Years Ago:
Eugen Böhringer wins the Macao Touring Car Grand Prix in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE, averaging a speed of 105.2 km/h.
26 November 2004 – 10 Years Ago:
The first fuel cell-powered vehicle in the world, the A-Class F-Cell, successfully passes a 24-hour endurance test. On the Idiada test track outside Barcelona, three vehicles cover just under 8500 km at an average speed of 120 km/h.
2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Three Years Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes the 250th podium finish for Mercedes-Benz power in Formula One with McLaren
2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Two Years Ago:
Lewis Hamilton takes the 25th pole position of his Formula One career