Lewis Hamilton claimed his second Formula One world championship in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, describing it as "the greatest day of my life".
In the end, Hamilton's showdown in the desert with teammate Nico Rosberg fizzled out when the German driver suffered mechanical difficulties which slowed his car considerably and he finished 13th.
But the real damage had been done much earlier in the race when Hamilton sped past his rival in the first corner after Rosberg had beaten Hamilton to pole position.
Hamilton started the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 17 points clear of the German and extended the margin with a comfortable victory in the UAE capital to add to his title win six years ago.
Hamilton and Rosberg have fought a near private battle for the title all season as their Mercedes car has been a class above the rest of the field.
Rosberg had to win the Abu Dhabi race and hope Hamilton finished no better than third to win the world championship but as soon as Hamilton passed him on the first lap, the Brit was always in charge.
In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records, while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. He won the world championship the following season.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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