Are you an avid Formula One enthusiast? Can you remember where you were on 16th March 2014? If you can’t recall then you missed the best chance to see the start of an amazing build-up of this season’s championship.
That was back in Australia as Nico Rosberg went on to win the first race. In fact, the dice seemed to have been cast but eventually Lewis Hamilton went on to win the championship. Truth be told, it was one of the most exciting seasons and the double points awarded at Abu Dhabi just made it more intriguing.
Tracing the Major Moments in Hamilton’s Win
While the action might have come to a tense end in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina, you will concur there were a lot of decisive moments along the way. As a Formula One buff nothing beats a recap of these moments, as analysts reckon this could be a dawn of a new era in F1.
Here is a brief insight on how Hamilton gradually became the GP Title winner even after suffering some reliability issues:
- Learning from Australian GP: It was a disappointment for most fans because even Hamilton had praised the car before the season. In essence, every Mercedes fan was worried that this could be another lukewarm year for Hamilton but as they say the best was yet to come.
- Chalking up wins: After a stuttering start, Hamilton got steady but still had reliability problems with the car. It seemed as if the Briton was not fully comfortable. However, with wins in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, and Spain, it was obvious F1 fans had a delightful season ahead.
- Head-to-head at Bahrain GP: Two ambitious young drivers, a reliable racing machine and a history of racing each other – it was obvious things would not remain so cozy. At the Bahrain GP, the two drivers drove neck-to-neck for 57 laps and ultimately Hamilton came out tops. The camaraderie they tried to portray at the podium was definitely a show and more was to come.
- Tempers flare at Monaco: It was reminiscent of Michael Schumacher’s infamous parking move in Monaco; Hamilton felt Rosberg had deliberately parked his car to stop his best lap and ultimately pole position. Race stewards cleared the German of any wrongdoing but the stage had been set for more acrimony.
- Team instructions defied: At the Hungarian GP, Rosberg was livid about the Briton’s failure to comply with team orders to let him pass. Well, it was obvious by now that the team had a problem in their hands and this almost cost them a lot in subsequent races.
- The Belgium GP debacle: Hamilton was fast as usual and having passed Rosberg who was on pole, he pressed on only for the German to attempt an overtaking maneuver. This ended Hamilton’s race with a puncture, the second time he had failed to finish; of course he was angry about it.
- The comeback: After the crash at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Hamilton went on to ace more races, starting with Monza Italy, Singapore, Suzuka Japan, Sochi in Russia and Austin TX.
- Final glory: There was no gainsaying the tension at Yas Marina because the F1 world was witnessing a revival of good racing. However this was not to be as Rosberg developed mechanical problems and Hamilton went on to win comfortably.
So, what next now? Every pundit is asking this question and you can bet more excitement is in the offing. With Rosberg and Hamilton in the same team and the rest of the teams providing no real challenge it is highly likely the 2015 calendar is still going to dazzle the sports world. What’s your take?