FINAL ROUND FINISH
PTA News Bureau
In motor sports, especially in Formula 1 races, there are times when one wonders who won in the end – the man or his machine; how much human was the victory. On the night of November 23, 2014 in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit it was tango at its best – the man and his machine were in perfect rhythm. All that Lewis Hamilton could say was “Today was the greatest race of my life.”
It was the Mercedes driver’s 11th victory in season 2014 and second world title after 2008. Time: 1:39:02.619; Points: 50. Both times the victory came in the final round. There was Mercedes all over the podium in Yas Marina. Felippe Massa of Williams-Mercedes finished second 2.5 seconds later (Points: 36) and his team mate Valtteri Bottas 28.8 seconds later (Points: 30).
Mercedes won the first ever world Constructors’ title in over 50 years, what is arguably the most dominant performance by any F1 manufacturer in history. The team had 16 wins in 2014 season. After the Austin, Texas race in October, which Mercedes won, Toto Wolff, the man who built the machine, had told Forbes magazine: “90 per cent is the car and 10 per cent is the driver. But if you can’t get the full 10 per cent from the driver, you’re screwed.”
Full Text in PTA Dec/Jan issue