Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to the Formula One world title with victory at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Here we chart how the battle for supremacy unfolded throughout the year.
AUSTRALIA, MARCH 16
Pole for Hamilton, but a cylinder failure on lap three forced him into retirement, allowing Rosberg to claim a comfortable win from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who was later disqualified for a technical fuel infringement.
Points: Rosberg 25, Hamilton 0
MALAYSIA, MARCH 30
Pole position, fastest lap and a race win for Hamilton to complement the 100th points finish of his F1 career, with Rosberg a distant second, just over 17 seconds adrift.
Pts: Rosberg 43, Hamilton 25
F1 2014 championship driver ratings
F1 2014 championship driver ratings
1/22 Lewis Hamilton – 9
The two-time world champion deserved every bit of his success in 2014, in which he showed he was the faster driver in the battle with Nico Rosberg. Had he not made the error in Brazil that allowed Rosberg to take victory, it could well have been a perfect 10 for Hamilton.
2/22 Nico Rosberg – 8
Rosberg pushed his team-mate all the way but ultimately who had no answer to Hamilton’s sheer speed when it was a straight dog-fight between the two. The mechanical failure in Abu Dhabi robbed him of any hope of winning the title, but it would’ve been unlikely that he could have passed the eventual champion anyway.
3/22 Sebastian Vettel - 5
Who’d have thought the four time world champion would not win a single race this season? Perhaps that’s not so bad given Mercedes dominated the season, but his new team-mate Ricciardo won three times, and simply it’s been a case of not good enough from Seb. He’ll hope the grass is greener at Ferrari next season.
4/22 Daniel Ricciardo - 9
A world champion in the making, Ricciardo has shown that he is both hugely talented and one of the nicest guys on the grid. He was rewarded for his excellent drives with three victories in Canada, Hungary and Belgium, and he fully warrants his third place in the Drivers’ Championship.
5/22 Fernando Alonso - 6
The Spaniard may have endured a difficult year with Ferrari which has led to his exit, but in his eyes he has put in some of his best drives this season. He dominated his team-mate, the 2007 world champion, and he can still be pleased with a number of his performances this season.
6/22 Kimi Raikkonen - 3
What happened to the Flying Finn of last season at Lotus? Raikkonen has not performed well at all since his return to Ferrari, and there’s a strong case to drop him to have been dropped for next year – though he will partner Vettel next year. A season-best of fourth in Spa is the anomaly of a poor season.
7/22 Felipe Massa - 7
His career could have been over when he left Ferrari last season, but the Williams team rewarded his determination to remain in F1 with a massively fast car. Two third-place finishes – the best in Brazil in front of his home fans – made up for a few retirements and nasty crashes, though they weren’t of his doing.
8/22 Valterri Bottas - 7
One more podium finish than his team-mate and just one retirement all season has capped a breakthrough year for Bottas. The Finn is showing why he is rated so highly and he has a phenomenally calm head on his shoulders. His drive in Austria was a particular highlight.
9/22 Jenson Button - 6
Somehow under the radar Button has performed admirably in a car that has not been up to scratch this season. Button has out-performed Magnussen in the Drivers’ Championship and started with a bang as he secured third in Australia, and a strong end to the season could still see him remain for 2015.
10/22 Kevin Magnussen - 6
Moments of sheer braveness and incredibility have been hindered by errors and rashness, and a number of penalties this season have ended up costing Magnussen. Like Button, he amazed by finishing second in Melbourne, but has managed no better than fifth since then.
11/22 Sergio Perez - 4
Inconsistency has seen Perez finish up and down the field, with a third place in Bahrain helping him forget the fact that he didn’t even start in Malaysia due to reliability failure.
12/22 Nico Hulkenberg - 5
Big things were expected from Hulkenberg after last season’s performances despite missing out on a so-called ‘big team’ but hasn’t been as outstanding as we’ve come to expect. Consistently inside the top-10, Hulkenberg will still be in the Force India next year.
13/22 Jean-Eric Vergne - 4
Five retirements in the first eight races looked to pave the way for Vergne’s exit, but Kvyat’s move to Red Bull could yet allow the Frenchman a second chance in F1. A season-best of sixth in Singapore was the best of a poor season.
14/22 Danil Kvyat - 4
The young Russian has shown that he has what it takes to make it in F1, but too many times this season he’s fallen away and finished outside the top 10. Only three times this season did he finish inside the top 10, which hasn’t been good enough.
15/22 Adrian Sutil - 2
A dismal year for Sauber looks to have confirmed the end of Sutil’s time in F1. He hasn’t scored a point and has already been confirmed as leaving Sauber, and he’s unlikely to be picked up again before the start of next season.
16/22 Esteban Gutierrez - 2
A year to forget for the Mexican who will also be leaving Sauber this year. He remains confident of securing another drive for next season, but it certainly won’t be based on results this season.
17/22 Romain Grosjean - 3
Let’s not take too much from Grosjean’s results, as the Lotus has simply been awful this season. He’s asserted himself as the lead driver in the team following Raikkonen’s exit, and he’ll hope for much better fortunes next season having confirmed his stay witht he team.
18/22 Pastor Maldonado - 1
Where do you start with him? If he’s not crashing, he’s being penalised by the stewards for reckless driving. At times he’s even been running behind the Caterhams and Marussias which simply isn’t acceptable for Lotus. Finally scored a first point of the season in the United States.
19/22 Jules Bianchi - 5
It would be easy to bump up his rating due after the tragedy of his crash in Japan, but the fact is that Bianchi has impressed everyone this season. His drive in Monaco to score Marussia’s first ever point will go down in F1 history, and he looked nailed on for a future Ferrari drive. Here’s hoping he makes a recovery from his serious injuries.
20/22 Max Chilton - 2
Chilton’s efforts in finishing every race he started finally came to an end in Canada, but he was consistently out-performed by Bianchi. Marussia’s absence from the grid towards the end of the season looks to have ended his time in F1.
21/22 Kamui Kobayashi - 2
A strange season saw Kobayashi somewhat surprisingly recalled to Caterham, but financial problems meant he lost his drive in Monza only to return for the next race. Two 13th place finishes represents Caterham’s best finishes this season.
22/22 Marcus Ericcson - 1
He has structured a move to Sauber for next season and severed ties with Caterham before their return in Abu Dhabi. A tough year, but he’ll get another chance to impress next term.
BAHRAIN, APRIL 4
Mercedes' first front-row lock-out, with Rosberg ahead of Hamilton, but after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel it was the Briton who again took the chequered flag by just one second.
Pts: Rosberg 61, Hamilton 50
CHINA, APRIL 11
CHINA, APRIL 11
Hamilton became the most successful Briton over one lap in F1 by claiming his 34th pole, taking him past the legendary Jim Clark. The win followed, with Rosberg climbing from fourth on the grid to second.
Pts: Rosberg 79, Hamilton 75
SPAIN, MAY 11
A fourth pole in five races was followed by a fourth consecutive win for Hamilton, with Rosberg runner-up for a fourth straight race. The gap was a meagre 0.6 seconds at the flag. It later emerged Hamilton turned up his engine mode to keep Rosberg at bay late on, seemingly in retaliation for the latter doing something similar in Bahrain.
Pts: Hamilton 100, Rosberg 97
MONACO, MAY 25
Rosberg landed a contentious pole, bringing out yellow flags after heading down a run-off area after out-braking himself at Mirabeau, forcing Hamilton to slow behind when on a quicker lap. Rosberg then led Hamilton home, but the two men refuse to acknowledge or speak to one another during the podium ceremony.
Pts: Rosberg 122, Hamilton 118
CANADA, JUNE 8
CANADA, JUNE 8
Mercedes' record-equalling run of five successive one-twos came to an end as Ricciardo claimed the win after Hamilton retired with brake issues, whilst Rosberg encountered problems with the energy recovery system.
Pts: Rosberg 140, Hamilton 118
AUSTRIA, JUNE 22
Hamilton made mistakes on each of his hot laps in final qualifying, one of which impeded Rosberg, handing a shock front row to Williams. Mercedes proved too strong in the race, though, with Rosberg on the top step and Hamilton second from ninth on the grid.
Pts: Rosberg 165, Hamilton 136
BRITAIN, JULY 6
Hamilton suffered brain fade at Silverstone and pulls out of a lap in drying conditions, allowing Rosberg to blast by and claim pole. But spurred on by his home fans, Hamilton roared to victory from sixth, whilst Rosberg retired for the first time with a gearbox issue.
Pts: Rosberg 165, Hamilton 161
GERMANY, JULY 20
GERMANY, JULY 20
A brake failure in qualifying pitched Hamilton into a high-speed crash into a barrier. Starting from 20th he produces a stunning drive to claim third, limiting the damage to Rosberg who made no mistakes to win from pole.
Pts: Rosberg 190, Hamilton 176
HUNGARY, JULY 27
This time a fire in qualifying due to a fuel leak leaves Hamilton 22nd and last on the grid, with Rosberg on pole. But again Hamilton conjured a brilliant recovery drive to finish third, with Rosberg fourth behind winner Ricciardo. The German fumed post-race, though, as Hamilton ignored - rightly as it later transpired - a team order to allow his team-mate by.
Pts: Rosberg 202, Hamilton 191
BELGIUM, AUGUST 24
Controversy on lap two as Rosberg ran into Hamilton, leading to a puncture for the latter, and ultimately retirement late on due to damage sustained from a long return to the pits. Rosberg finished second behind Ricciardo, but in a heated post-race meeting Hamilton revealed his team-mate had admitted deliberately hitting him.
Pts: Rosberg 220, Hamilton 191
ITALY, SEPTEMBER 7
ITALY, SEPTEMBER 7
For the first time in eight races Hamilton landed pole, with Rosberg second on the grid. A slow getaway, due to a technical issue, dropped Hamilton to fourth at the start behind leader Rosberg, but a mistake from the German on lap 29 handed Hamilton the win.
Pts: Rosberg 238, Hamilton 216
SINGAPORE, SEPTEMBER 21
Ahead of the formation lap Rosberg encountered an electronics issue with his gearbox, forcing him to start from the pit lane. Although his team managed to get him going, he was forced to retire on lap 14. Hamilton, meanwhile, went on to claim victory from pole and regain the lead of the championship.
Pts: Hamilton 241, Rosberg 238
JAPAN, OCTOBER 5
A third straight win for Hamilton - and eighth of the season - with Rosberg second, but the result was completely overshadowed by the horrific accident involving Jules Bianchi that resulted in the race being stopped after 43 laps.
Pts: Hamilton 266, Rosberg 256
RUSSIA, OCTOBER 12
Hamilton made it four wins in a row thanks to Rosberg locking up at turn one, flatspotting his tyres, forcing him into an immediate pit stop. Rosberg, though, came back from 20th to second after running for 52 laps on one set of tyres.
Pts: Hamilton 291, Rosberg 274
UNITED STATES, NOVEMBER 2
A brake problem in qualifying handed Rosberg pole ahead of Hamilton, but a routine overtake during the race gave the latter his 32nd career victory, making him the most successful Briton in F1 history in terms of race wins.
Pts: Hamilton 316, Rosberg 292
BRAZIL, NOVEMBER 9
A dominant weekend from Rosberg, who is fastest in all three practice sessions and at the end of each qualifying period ahead of a crucial race win, albeit courtesy of a Hamilton spin when he had the lead - and potential victory - in his sights.
Pts: Hamilton 334, Rosberg 317
ABU DHABI, November 23
ABU DHABI, November 23
Hamilton took control with a stunning start to steam past pole-sitter Rosberg, who later in the race struggled with an engine issue.
Pts: Hamilton 384, Rosberg 317Reuse content