This weekend marks the finale of the 2014 Formula 1 season. And what a year it has been.
Mercedes have dominated, raising the constructors' championship trophy at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. But now only one question remains: will it be Brit Lewis Hamilton that triumphs and takes his second world title, or will Nico Rosberg finally step up to the mark and secure his first?
Going into this weekend at Abu Dhabi there is all to play for with double points being awarded for the first (and possibly only) time. For those against this scoring system, you’ve got to give it credit for how exciting it will make the race. If Hamilton wins or simply finishes ahead of Rosberg he wins the title. But if Rosberg wins and Hamilton is third or lower then the German will become champion.
So immediately Hamilton has the upper hand. No wonder I’m torn between supporting the fellow Brit or championing the underdog.
This season Rosberg has made mistakes, there is no doubt about that. Spa is a race probably best left in the past after the team-mates collided, leaving Hamilton back in the pits and forced to retire, with Rosberg seemingly getting off scot free. Since then all sorts of accusations were made and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff made it clear that he was on Hamilton’s side. But was it really all the fault of Rosberg? Or did he just make a mistake as he desperately tried to prove his worth? If positions had been reversed and Rosberg had been retired, would the backlash have been the same?
Rosberg has proven that he really does care about this championship; it means everything to him. The German will go to any lengths to get his hands on that trophy and surely that should be admired? None of the problems between the team-mates have really been the fault of Rosberg and he has never gone out intentionally to cause harm to Hamilton’s title chances. He’s giving his all and wants to be the best too.
Formula 1 has taken something of a battering in recent years with the total domination of Sebastian Vettel for four consecutive seasons. It’s been a relief throughout 2014 to see him take a backseat, but instead of a more varied ratio of drivers to wins we have instead seen the Mercedes reign supreme. I, for one, am relatively over this sort of control in sport, preferring more of a variety of drivers to win races. The same-old same-old is getting boring.
Hamilton already has a world title to his name, no one can take that away from him. So if he loses this one to Rosberg he is still a champion. If Rosberg loses he may never have another chance and could end up as one of the drivers who didn’t quite make it. That would be unfair on a competitor as good as he undoubtedly is.
Formula 1 is as much about the car as it is the driver. Rosberg’s team have been as near perfection as you can get this season and they deserve to be recognised. Sure they’ve won the constructors' championship but wouldn’t it be even better for them to be able to say that it is down to their hard work that Rosberg managed to lift his own title in Abu Dhabi?
Despite Hamilton having won more races this season, Rosberg has been the more consistent driver, and it is for this reason that I would like to see him win the title on Sunday.
Whatever your opinion on the two team-mates the showdown in Abu Dhabi will likely be the most climactic of late as we all watch tensely to see who will take the crown.