In the midst of triumph in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, Lewis Hamilton turned out to be the first British driver to succeed multiple world titles since Jackie Stewart in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Jim Clark and Graham Hill, who both became double champions in the 1960s, are the only other Britons to have succeeded more than one world championship.
Hamilton is the 16th multiple champion in Formula One history, the first Mercedes drivers’ champion since Juan Manuel Fangio and the first non-German driver to win 11 or more races in one season. The Briton also brought Mercedes their 16th triumph of the season, signifying the Silver Arrows now have lone possession of the record for most wins in a season which had formerly been mutually held by McLaren (1988) and Ferrari (2002, 2004).
Following Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas arrived home in second and third to give Williams their first double podium conclude as the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix. It was Bottas’ sixth podium of the season, only Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo gained more in 2014 and helped him ward off Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to stick fourth place in the final driver standings.
Williams also preserved third place in the constructors’ standings – their best placing since 2003 as they ended second.
On the other side, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez concluded outside the top ten, meaning Sauber ended the season without scoring a single point – the first time that has happened since they entered F1 racing in 1993. In the meantime, Caterham’s British rookie Will Stevens became the 753rd driver and the 143rd Briton, to begin a round of the world championship. He ended 17th, a lap down on race winner Hamilton.
Lastly, Nico Rosberg, whose championship challenge was concluded by mechanical trouble in Abu Dhabi, logged his third non-points finish of the year at Yas Marina, the same number as team mate Lewis Hamilton but he still concluded with the fourth highest points total for a season in history.