The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the final race of the FIA Formula One season. The champion of the 2014 season will be crowned at the Yas Marina circuit.
We can expect Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg put on an epic battle in an attempt to conquer the championship and take the overall drivers’ standings.
Hamilton currently leads at 334 points while Rosberg follows at 317; this is only a 17-point advantage (thanks to Nico’s last race victory at the Brazilian GP that keeps his title hopes alive) with 50 points still available in Abu Dhabi. The last GP, in fact, will award double points.
The F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has faced many criticisms for the new Formula One’s “double points” innovation. This novelty is only valid for the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi; he had not believed it would come down to this last circuit to decide the overall winner, he told British broadcaster Sky.
To ‘win at all costs,’ says Rosberg to the media following his race victory in Brazil at a news conference. That will be his strategy; however, a second-place finish by Hamilton can secure him his second world title, so it is certain that both drivers will make an effort.
Now the atmosphere in the team is intense, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who remains worried that Hamilton and Rosberg will collide in Abu Dhabi while trying to overtake each other. This would not be the first time; fans have already witnessed in previous races, head-to-head battles that have resulted in collisions while the teammates attempted to outperform each other.
Even team Mercedes Chairperson Niki Lauda had to admit that the friendship between his drivers is no longer strong on and off the circuits, and this has been felt by the team.
Nevertheless, Wolff and Lauda look forward to another team win, and envision both drivers being at the front of the pack and earn themselves a spot on the podium after the race. He also expects to have some additional points for the Constructors’ Championship that weekend (November 21 to 23) too, even though Mercedes has already won the title this season. In fact, 2014 was Mercedes most dominant season in history. No team has come close to challenging Mercedes this year.
Who will end up as Formula One Champion? The winning driver, Nico or Lewis, will have to give his all with advantageous lap times, perhaps a pole position, and quick pit stops.
To be part of the Middle East’s biggest sporting event of the year, the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, one can still buy tickets today; but interested fans better hurry as many ticket options have already been sold out.