2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix -Preview.
A good record at Abu Dhabi.
Lewis Hamilton: Brazil was a great weekend for the team. Of course, it didn’t go exactly to plan for me but second place in the circumstances was a good recovery and it was a great moment to get a record-breaking one-two finish for all the people who have worked so hard to give us this amazing car. People talk about how long it’s been since I won the title – but I honestly feel like I’m fighting for my first World Championship all over again. I still have the same hunger, the same will to win, and I’ve been giving it everything. I’ve had ups and downs along the way – but I’ve never once given up. I’ve got a good record at the Abu Dhabi circuit. Last year was actually the only time I’ve not started on the front row or finished on the podium. But I’ve also had some misfortune there over the years – particularly in 2012. I’m hoping that bad luck won’t play a part this time around and I know that the team has been working flat out to make sure it doesn’t. I’m feeling relaxed, I’m feeling confident and I’m ready to win.
This can be my title.
Nico Rosberg: After the disappointment of Austin, Brazil was just the way to bounce back with a great weekend for both me and the team. Of course, it wasn’t enough to regain the lead in the Championship as Lewis drove a strong race to finish just behind me. But the gap is smaller than before and I absolutely believe I still have the chance to take the title in Abu Dhabi. It won’t be easy, but I’ll be full attack.
The team behind us have done an incredible job and it's great that they've given both of us equal opportunity to compete with each other. Win or lose, double points or no double points, I feel proud of what I have achieved this year. I go into this race with no fear and with every belief that this can be my title. It's not over until that flag drops!
May the best man win!
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: To claim two one-two finishes from another pair of back-to-back races was a great achievement. Now, Nico and Lewis head to the final race with a World Championship on the line. When we look back through the season, each driver has had his share of ups and downs and both have shown great strength of character to recover from setbacks. As a team we are fortunate to have such a talented line-up and both are worthy champions in the eyes of everybody behind them at Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart. They have proven their credentials for the years to come. A top driver always has the ability to engineer another opportunity. It is now down to us to ensure that this fascinating year concludes in the right way by giving Lewis and Nico a platform to settle the title purely on the track. It is fantastic for the sport to have such a finale in what has been one of the great seasons of Formula One. I cannot wait to watch the race and I’m sure those at home feel the same. May the best man win!
Dramatic finale for the season.
Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical): Brazil brought yet another exciting race with a great contest between Nico and Lewis and it was fantastic to set a new record for one-two finishes. In doing so, the team has surpassed a benchmark that I remember being set by McLaren during my first season in Formula One. In terms of the battle for the Drivers’ Championship, it was a race which once again demonstrated how evenly matched our drivers have been all year and underlines the fact that either of them would be a worthy World Champion. We now look ahead to Abu Dhabi, which has been the scene of a number of exciting title showdowns in recent years – none with such intense focus as this season with double points on the table. We will be running the weekend exactly as we would normally do with the absolute aim of giving both drivers an equal and fair shot at the title. Yas Marina is requiring high skill levels from the drivers to put together a fast lap. We can expect a significant following both at the circuit and around the world for such a dramatic conclusion to the season, so we hope to put on a good show.