When Hermann Tilke designed the Yas Marina Circuit to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it is highly likely he never contemplated the drama it would bring to the championship in 2014. Formula One had already witnessed a lot of thrilling moments, some bordering on the tragic, over previous races.
The highlight of the season was the dominant jugular competition between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both of Mercedes. At one time things were nasty, but with the two drivers going to the race with Hamilton leading by only 17 points, it was obvious the double points rule was bound to spice things up.
Exhilarating Moments of the 2014 Abu Dhabi GP
If you really love Formula One then you appreciate the need to have the top moments at the tip of your fingers. It makes following this thrilling action even more fun. Well, here are the best moments that will earn this race a place in the hall of fame of great races:
- Hamilton vs. Rosberg rivalry: Going to the race on 23rd November, things were already icy between the two childhood friends. Hamilton had already criticized the double points back in October, but Rosberg was obviously relishing the latent chances to upturn things here.
- Rosberg wins pole: During Saturday’s practice, Rosberg had already put down the gauntlet by winning pole position. As usual it was the calm driver who won the pole while the Briton seemed ragged and unsure. The excitement created by Nico’s win of pole had set the tempo for a great race come race Sunday at Yas Marina.
- The convoluted scenarios on the eventual Championship winner: Well, there could only be one winner, but trust sports pundits to spice things up by presenting scenarios on who can win if what happens. For instance, if Rosberg was to win at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton would still have clinched the championship by coming in second. And on and on they went speculating that if Rosberg was to finish fifth, then Rosberg had to finish ninth to win.
- Swing of chairs for the teams: Marussia’s luck seemed to have run out after Bianchi’s accident and financial issues. The team unfortunately had to withdraw from the last race. Caterham was still in dire straits but their fund sourcing through crowdsourcing eventually saw them participate in this crucial final race.
- The party of farewells: The last race of the F1 is always the climax of the silly season where gossip whirls at a dizzying rate. Well, Jenson Button was poised to be turning out for his last race with McLaren, while Fernando Alonso was already headed to Button’s team. Sebastian Vettel was to replace Alonso and many more moves were expected. This was definitely a high point for fans.
- Bernie Ecclestone and the ‘Cartel’ slur: Desperate times call for desperate actions and this is exactly what Force India’s deputy team principal proved by using the word ‘cartel’ to describe the ownership of Formula One. Of course smaller teams were facing financial constraints and Eclestone was quick to use the word ‘beggars’ which he later apologized for.
- Safety focus: The death of Senna in the 90s and Jules Bianchi’s accident at the Suzuka GP has highlighted the need for more safety. The 2015 virtual safety car was tested during 2014’s last race at Yas Marina. Drivers and fans can now sigh with relief hoping that these safety measures will deal with risks on the track.
- Illegal cars on the track: It might sound surreal but yes, Red Bull’s Vettel and Ricciardo were forced to the back of the grid due to movable aerodynamic parts in form of flexible front wings. Stewards also noted Lotus-Renault’s Romain Grosjean had exceeded his power unit components.
- Lewis Hamilton thrills to win 2014 F1 Championship: With a 17-point lead and Rosberg on pole position, it was a risky race for Hamilton. However, he proved naysayers wrong by beating the charging Felipe Massa by 2.576 seconds. Of course this was still a win for Massa representing his best performance with Williams.
Whatever Abu Dhabi 2015 GP presents to fans, it is obvious that this iconic track will always be a scene of scintillating race action. You just need to sit back, relax and let the adrenaline flow. If you want to see the action first hand the hop over to www.senategrandprix-abu-dhabi.com to book your race viewing tickets and hotel.