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Nico Hulkenberg will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche in 2015 alongside contesting the full Formula One season with Force India. The 27-year-old German said the desire to compete in both disciplines had been too alluring to turn down
Kimi Raikkonen believes the recent changes at Ferrari, including the recruitment of Sebastian Vettel and Maurizio Arrivabene, will help drive them forward in 2015. Vettel was formally confirmed as a Ferrari drive on the eve of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi
Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will not partner Dutch rookie Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015. The Frenchman, who has driven for the Italian team since graduating to F1 racing via the Red Bull young driver programme in 2012, made the announcement on Twitter
Pascal Wehrlein ensured Mercedes ended the 2014 season in fitting fashion by going fastest as the final Formula One test of the year drew to a close in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. GP2 race winner Raffaele Marciello put Ferrari second ahead of Toro Rosso’s 2015 rookie Max Verstappen, while McLaren’s interim Honda-powered car hit further complications, completing just two laps in the hands of reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne
McLaren’s renewed partnership with Honda began in earnest on Tuesday as the team’s developmental MP4-29H/1X1 machine, featuring the Japanese company’s 2015 power unit, made its official track debut in Abu Dhabi. There were the predictable teething troubles – test driver Stoffel Vandoorne completed just three laps – but as McLaren racing director Eric Boullier points out, systems checks are the test’s primary aim and it is behind the scenes that the real progress is happening
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the first day of the final Formula One test of the season at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari second, with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg edging the Force India of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer for third late on. Meanwhile, McLaren-Honda’s interim F1 car completed three laps in the hands of reserve driver and GP2 runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne
The first proper outing for McLaren-Honda’s interim Formula One car is set to be the star attraction of the final two-day in-season test of 2014 in Abu Dhabi this week. Barely 24 hours after his title hopes were extinguished, Nico Rosberg will be present for Mercedes – one of a handful of 2014 regulars appearing alongside the likes of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer, Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr and FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon
Nico Rosberg had done his best to pile the pressure on title rival Lewis Hamilton ahead of their Abu Dhabi showdown, but as he suffered the agony of technical problems, Hamilton kept his cool to secure victory – and with it a second Formula One world championship crown. Williams, meanwhile, scored their first double podium in almost a decade, while there were emotional farewells for Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull and Fernando Alonso at Ferrari
Ferrari have announced the appointment of Maurizio Arrivabene as their new Formula One team principal, replacing Marco Mattiacci who took over from Stefano Domenicali in April. Arrivabene comes to Ferrari from tobacco giants and team sponsors Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997, becoming Vice President Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing in 2011
Lewis Hamilton opted for quiet rather than wild celebrations on Sunday night, reminiscing with family and friends about his journey from starry-eyed go-karter to double Formula One world champion. But while he admits the magnitude of his success might take a while to sink in, his attention is already turning to 2015 – when he believes he can apply lessons from this campaign and become even stronger
DHL, the world’s leading logistics group and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, awarded Lewis Hamilton as the winner of this year’s DHL Fastest Lap Award at a special ceremony during the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23. Hamilton, FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion of this year and 2008, won the award a nose ahead of Nico Rosberg, who scored five fastest laps this season. In total, Hamilton has amassed seven fastest laps during this year’s season
DRIVERS: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Felipe Massa (Williams); 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS Q: Lewis, you did it. Can you try to put that into words for us, just how much this means to you?
Nico Rosberg had to swallow the bitter pill of title defeat in Abu Dhabi as he suffered car problems while trailing Lewis Hamilton – but even in the face of cruel luck and crushing disappointment the German demonstrated his class, congratulating Hamilton and celebrating with his Mercedes team in the aftermath. In magnanimous style, Rosberg said Hamilton fully deserved to win the drivers’ crown
DRIVERS: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Felipe Massa (Williams); 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS Q: Lewis, you did it. Can you try to put that into words for us, just how much this means to you?
Eleven race wins, five further podiums, seven poles, 16 points finishes, three DNFs and seven fastest laps. Those are the stats behind Lewis Hamilton’s hard-fought 2014 campaign, a campaign that sees him become the first British driver since Jackie Stewart to secure a second drivers’ crown
Eleven race wins, five further podiums, seven poles, 16 points finishes, three DNFs and seven fastest laps. Those are the stats behind Lewis Hamilton’s hard-fought 2014 campaign, a campaign that sees him become the first British driver since Jackie Stewart to secure a second drivers’ crown
With victory in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton became the first British driver to win multiple world titles since Jackie Stewart in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Hamilton is the 16th multiple champion in Formula One history and the first Mercedes drivers’ champion since Juan Manuel Fangio
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton produced a faultless performance in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening to claim his 11th win of the season and with it his second world drivers’ crown. Hamilton’s team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who fell behind at the start, experienced mechanical problems and faded to 14th at the finish, allowing Williams’ Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas to claim second and third respectively
Against the odds, the financially troubled Caterham team are back racing in Abu Dhabi this weekend having missed the last two rounds, thanks in part to a unique crowd-funding project. However, a new owner is what is needed if the team are to continue into the 2015 season. We caught up with the man charged with trying to secure Caterham’s future, interim team principal Finbarr O’Connell
The Abu Dhabi paddock mixed royalty with the racing and entertainment worlds as Princes Harry and Andrew were joined by the kings of Jordan and Morocco and several African leaders, actress Michelle Rodriguez and singer Pharrell Williams. Danny Sullivan was again the driver steward, as Jean Alesi
Some people may think that there is only one thing to watch in Sunday’s season finale in Abu Dhabi – the world title showdown between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – but there are several other storylines well worth savouring. We break down the key themes to look out for at Yas Marina
Nico Rosberg knows that despite taking pole position in Abu Dhabi, he will need a major slice of good fortune on Sunday if he is to prevent Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton becoming world champion. Hence, Rosberg’s strategy is simple: put as much pressure as possible on his rival – and hope that he cracks
Saturday in Abu Dhabi saw title outsider Nico Rosberg do all he could to keep the heat on championship favourite and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Yet again Rosberg put his silver car clearly on pole, while Hamilton very nearly fell into the clutches of the hard-charging Williams.
Lewis Hamilton knows how to win a world championship, though he will be hoping his path to a second drivers’ crown proves slightly less fraught than the last-lap dramas of Brazil 2008. Hamilton, who admits he prefers chasing to being chased, takes a 17-point lead into Sunday’s Abu Dhabi decider, safe in the knowledge that even if Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg wins the race, second will be enough to bring him the title
Red Bull have been excluded from qualifying in Abu Dhabi after stewards ruled that the front wings of both their cars were in breach of the technical regulations. Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, who qualified fifth and sixth respectively, have therefore had their times discounted, meaning they will start Sunday’s race at Yas Marina from the back of the grid
Red Bull have been excluded from qualifying in Abu Dhabi after stewards ruled the front wings of both RB10s were in breach of the technical regulations. Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have therefore had their qualifying results discounted, meaning they will start from the back of the grid
Red Bull have been referred to the stewards in Abu Dhabi after the FIA’s technical delegate Jo Bauer found that there was excessive flex in the front wing flaps on Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo’s cars. After examination, Bauer felt that the front wing flaps on the two RB10s were designed to flex under load
DRIVERS: 1 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams) TV UNILATERAL Q: Nico, three poles in a row now. How do you feel about that?
Sergio Perez has extended his contract to continue racing with Force India for 2015 and beyond. With Nico Hulkenberg already confirmed, it means an unchanged driver line-up at the team for next season. Perez, 24, joined Force India at the start of 2014 and enjoyed immediate success with a podium finish in only his third race for the team
Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s championship-deciding race in Abu Dhabi from pole position after seeing off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in an enthralling qualifying session on Saturday evening. Rosberg, who needs to overturn a 17-point deficit to Hamilton to win the title, finished 0.386s ahead of the Briton, who in turn just managed to resist the charge of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas
Nico Rosberg threw down the gauntlet to Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by going fastest by three tenths of a second in the final practice session at Yas Marina on Saturday afternoon. The title rivals were once again well clear of their rivals, with Rosberg more than one second ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel
The benign weather conditions enabled everyone to conduct their usual tyre testing and set-up work without interruption in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The gap between the softs and the supersofts was about 1.2s, though Pirelli expect that to come down to below a second as the track rubbers in. Two pits stops seem likely, though strategies may vary as teams gamble to try and take advantage of the double points here
Team representatives – Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Finbarr O’Connell (Caterham), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Otmar Szafnauer (Force India), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Claire Williams (Williams), Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari) Q: Toto, we have to start with you. Obviously the showdown this weekend between your two drivers
Like McLaren team mate Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen still doesn’t know whether he has a future with the Woking squad next season. However, given that the Dane has only just completed his rookie campaign, he may be justified in thinking he has a little more at stake. Does that mean a strong performance is essential in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi finale?
After months of speculation, Jenson Button heads into the final round of the season with his future still unresolved. But while that means Abu Dhabi could yet be the final act of a 15-year career in Formula One racing, the 2009 world champion insists he is relaxed about his situation, and excited about his prospects – wherever he ends up
Lewis Hamilton held his advantage over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in FP2, although just 0.083s separated the two title contenders on Friday evening in Abu Dhabi. McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen was just over half a second down in third, with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel edging Williams’ Valtteri Bottas for fourth. Fernando Alonso failed to set a time after his Ferrari rolled to a halt early on
Romain Grosjean faces being hit with a time penalty in this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a result of using sixth power unit elements. Lotus opted to change his internal combustion unit, turbocharger and MGU-H for the 2014 finale
Lewis Hamilton made an ideal start to this weekend’s title-deciding season finale at Yas Marina by edging his Mercedes team mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg in first practice on Friday afternoon. Fernando Alonso put Ferrari third, albeit more than a second down on the Silver Arrows, with the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top five
His team have already wrapped up the constructors’ crown and on Sunday Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, will see one his drivers – Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg – crowned world champion. Ahead of the Abu Dhabi showdown, Wolff talks about domination, double points, Nico versus Lewis, engine ‘freezes’, and the responsibilities that come with being a leading Formula One team
Could Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix be Jenson Button’s last F1 race? As Ferrari finally confirmed that Fernando Alonso is leaving and that he will be replaced by Sebastian Vettel next year, that’s one of the big questions that will remain unanswered this weekend
The worst kept secret in the F1 paddock was finally confirmed on Friday with news that Sebastian Vettel has signed a three-year deal to race for Ferrari from next season. Able to speak openly about his new challenge for the first time, Vettel gave us an exclusive interview in which he shares his thoughts on that Maranello magic, his chances of returning the Scuderia to the front of the grid, and his emotions on leaving Red Bull
Nico Rosberg might head into the 2014 Formula One finale with a 17-point deficit to Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, but he remains very optimistic he can overhaul his title rival and clinch a first world championship crown. On the eve of the Grand Prix, Rosberg says he will maintain his normal approach even for the biggest moment of his career – and insists he can influence Hamilton’s race, in part because having nothing to lose might give him a crucial psychological edge
Formula One racing is set for a showdown like no other this weekend, as a gripping season heads for what promises to be a dramatic, unique double-points climax in Abu Dhabi. Fittingly, both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg insist they won’t be changing their philosophy to suit the occasion – which means both title protagonists go into the decider determined to win
Drivers – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren) Q: Lewis, you’re guaranteed the title on Sunday if you finish in the top two, something that you have done for the last six races
Former Marussia reserve driver Will Stevens will make his F1 race debut with Caterham in this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the team have confirmed. Stevens, who has previous testing experience with Caterham, will compete alongside Kamui Kobayashi at Yas Marina. Stevens, 23, has spent this season in Formula Renault 3.5, finishing sixth overall
Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next season, after the Italian team confirmed a three-year deal with the four-time world champion. Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci hailed the arrival of Vettel, who will partner Kimi Raikkonen in 2015, and predicted he will become an “invaluable” asset
Ferrari have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of the 2014 Formula One campaign. In a statement, the team said that the relationship ended “by common consent”. The announcement means this weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi will formally bring to a close Alonso’s five-year spell with the Scuderia, which has yielded 11 wins and 44 podiums, though no championship success
European Formula Three champion Esteban Ocon will make his Formula One Grand Prix weekend debut in Abu Dhabi, driving for Lotus in FP1. Hong Kong’s Adderly Fong will also be present, taking on driving duties at Sauber for the opening Yas Marina practice session
The decisive final round of the season sees the F1 teams head to the striking desert setting of the Yas Marina Circuit, where either Lewis Hamilton or Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg will be crowned world champion. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is now being treated in France, according to a statement issued by his family on Wednesday. The Frenchman, who was critically injured in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, was transferred aeromedically from hospital in Yokkaichi to the university hospital in Nice on Tuesday night