Hamilton hails second world title

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton was left emotional after he claimed his second world title with his 11th victory of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton needed to finish second to secure the crown but won the race while title rival Nico Rosberg came home 14th after an ERS issue hobbled his Mercedes.

"It's very hard to soak all this up," said Hamilton. "When you're going through the race, when you're coming here this weekend, there's so much pressure from around you, you're just trying to ignore it, trying to keep your eye on the ball.

"Coming in today... Niki [Lauda] was right, I didn't sleep last night. I went to bed at about 1am and woke up at like 5am this morning and I went for a run this morning and a massage and everything and I thought for sure I'm going to be tired when it gets to the race but somehow I felt composed and my family came and surprised me at breakfast, which was really a great thing.

"I wanted them to be here but I just knew how intense the weekend would be and I didn't know if I was going to have time to give them any time. I didn't want to finish the day or the weekend saying 'I wish did that or I wish I did that'.

"This has been an incredible year. I just cannot believe how amazing this has all been. Coming to this team last year, the decision to come here, when a lot of people said it was the wrong choice. The steps we took last year and then coming into this year, it was just unbelievable and then again, as I said, the fan support has been phenomenal.

"I never in a million years thought I'd have that kind of support, so as I said before, this is the greatest moment in my life. It's very hard to… it feels very surreal. It feels like an out-of-body experience. I feel like I'm back here watching this going on, it's not really happening. So I'm going to really make sure I gift my thanks and count my blessings."

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