Racing catchup for the weekend 22-23 November


In this week’s racing catchup, we take a look at the final round of the F1 Championship and Formula E from Malaysia.

Formula 1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg had done his best to pile the pressure on title rival Lewis Hamilton even before edging the Briton to pole in their Abu Dhabi showdown, but the Briton kept his cool to secure victory – and with it a second Formula One world championship crown. Rosberg suffered the agony of technical problems, but was typically dignified in defeat. As he faded, Williams scored their first double podium in almost a decade, while Daniel Ricciardo staged a scintillating charge for Red Bull to come from the pit lane to fourth. His elation contrasted the emotional farewells of team mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso – while Jenson Button claimed a superb fifth on what could be the final act of his illustrious 15-year F1 career. We take a team-by-team look back on the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix…

Lewis Hamilton: I’m a bit lost for words really. I think one thing I want to say is a big, huge thank you to all the fans coming out all this way, all the flags, all the caps, everything, it made such a difference this weekend. Also to my family, thank you guys, thank you so much for coming, I really, really do appreciate it. My mum back home. And my team, who throughout the year did an incredible job and without them I wouldn’t be here today. I can’t really explain how much this means. It means even more than the first one. It feels like it’s the first time. I feel so blessed.



Formula E – Malaysia

Sam Bird cruised to victory at the second race of the season in Putrajaya ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi.

The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25-points and clinch his maiden ePrix win.

Audi Sport ABT driver Lucas di Grassi and e.dams-Renault’s Sebastien Buemi both managed to fight their way through the field to stand on the podium despite starting at the back of the grid.

Nicolas Prost continued the strong form he showed in qualifying to finish fourth. The Frenchman started from 11th position after carrying over a 10-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision in Beijing.

Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio showed his reliance from last place on the grid to come home in fifth. D’Ambrosio qualified in the top-three only to be penalised for exceeding the maximum power usage.

Oriol Servia, who inherited pole position, made a good getaway to retain the lead at the start as Daniel Abt dropped back with what seemed to be a power issue.

Sam Bird: “The weekend went really well, we were quick from the first outing and we were quickest in practice. Qualifying didn’t quite go our way as I think we were not in the best group for doing a fast lap time but we put that right in the race.

“The first stint I was able to get a very good gap which meant we could take it easy and not make any silly mistakes, do some lift and coasting, and coast to the finish. I have to dedicate this win to a good friend of mine who is very ill. It’s very sad what’s happened to him and this one is for Jules.”

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