ABU DHABI – Basking in the glory of his second world championship victory in Abu Dhabi today, Lewis Hamilton has said that his win with Mercedes in 2014 means more than his first did in 2008 with McLaren, calling it “the greatest day of my life”
The British driver won his second title in the best possible fashion, claiming his 11th win of the season in Abu Dhabi as championship rival and teammate Nico Rosberg suffered a partial engine failure, leaving him 13th in the final classification.
Hamilton was presented with a British flag on his warm down lap, proudly waving it aloft in celebration of his second world title, and even received a radio message from Prince Harry on the Mercedes pit wall.
Speaking on the podium after the race, Hamilton was lost for words at times, but said that this title meant more than his first did in 2008.
“I’m at a loss for words really,” he said. “Big huge thank you to all the fans. All the flags, all the caps, everything. It made such a difference this weekend. I can’t explain how much this means. It means more than the first one.
“Nico put on an incredible fight throughout the year, incredible competitor. We met each other back in 1997 and said it would be amazing to be in the same team racing for the championship. I’m sad to know the car wasn’t quick enough to fight it out, but grateful he came up to me post-race.”
Hamilton made no secret of his emotions on the podium, calling it “the greatest day of my life”.
“It’s the greatest day of my life,” he said. “It’s due to all the people around me. 2008 was a special time in my life, but the feeling I have now is way, way past that. It’s the greatest feeling ever. Thank you so much everyone.”
Hamilton admitted after the race that he did not sleep much last night, but was thankful to his family for arriving ahead of the race in a surprise ahead of his showdown with Rosberg.
With two world titles, Hamilton has now joined the illustrious list of F1 legends that have multiple championships, and will be gunning for a third to establish himself as the greatest British driver of all time in 2015.