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For racing enthusiasts, the biggest event of the year is just around the corner. The final race of the season, the 2015 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is on every race fan’s bucket list. But what about those of us just going for the fun? There’s no need to worry. Online car classifieds site, Carmudi.ae, has complied a fact sheet of the races’ top three contenders. If you know these, you’re good to go! Go ahead, get acquainted.
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\nMany of us might know him as Nicole Scherzinger’s ex-partner, but to race enthusiasts, Hamilton is a legend. Why? For starters, he’s already been crowned the champion of this year’s finals. Hamilton won the first race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix, as well as 10 of the 18 races so far. The British Formula One driver started his career with McLaren in 2007 and claimed his first championship with them in 2008. Five years later, he signed on with the Mercedes AMG Petronas team and went on to win the 2008 and 2014 World Championships. According to Carmudi, he is the first British driver in history to win consecutive F1 titles. He is also the only racer on the existing grid to have won at least one race in each season he has competed in.
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\nFerrari driver Vettel was dubbed the youngest racer to ever win the 2010 championships aged 23 years old. He had beaten Lewis Hamilton by 168 days. This season, Vettel won the second race of the Malaysian Grand Prix in addition to three of the 18 races so far. The German national has four consecutive titles to his name - all done while under the Red Bull Racing team - in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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\nAnother Mercedes team racer, Rosberg, has won 5 of the 18 races so far. While he’s never been crowned a champion, he has come in first place in 13 Grands Prix races. He was also named the youngest driver to claim the fastest lap in the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix at the age of 20. Rosberg’s biggest career achievement, according to Carmudi, was in 2014, when he finished second in the Formula One World Championship behind Hamilton. The German national started his career with the Williams Grand Prix Engineering team, with whom his father, Keke Rosberg, had won the 1982 World Championship.