2014 World Constructors Champions
High Performance Powertrains
A letter of thanks …
“… On behalf of the team at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and Mercedes-Benz, I would like to offer our heart-felt thanks for the incredible contribution that you and your team have made towards the achievements of the 2014 season.
Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, with team mate Nico Rosberg finishing second after a strong recovery drive from a first lap pit stop. All of the top five finishers of the Sochi race were powered by the HPP Power Unit, a fitting result to seal the first F1 Constructors Trophy for Mercedes-Benz in its 120 years of motorsport. Following the tenth Mercedes 1-2 victory of the season in Texas, it was confirmed that a Mercedes driver will win the 2014 F1 Drivers’ Championship. The challenge has been immense but we have realised our goals in stunning style!
I recognise that you and your team have all worked incredibly hard to support our requirements over long days, nights and weekends so that we may share this moment in history. You should be very proud of what we have achieved together …”
Ironically the letter of thanks arrived only two weeks before Lewis Hamilton won his second Formula 1 world title after victory at the Abu Dhabi grand prix, describing it as the “greatest day of my life”.
Hamilton’s nearest rival in the championship, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, suffered mechanical problems which put him out of contention – though he already faced a near-impossible task after being overtaken by the Brit at the start. After taking the chequered flag, Hamilton shouted: “Woooooaaahh world champion, oh my God, can’t believe it, thanks everyone.”
Clearly a little bit of that thanks can be attributed to Precision Ceramics!
Hamilton is only the fourth Briton to win more than one world title, joining Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart. He also won the 2008 title but, speaking after his latest win, he said: “I can’t really explain how much this means, but it means more than the first one.”
He had entered the race with a 17-point lead over Rosberg and only needed to finish in the top two to win the championship. Rosberg started from pole position and needed Hamilton to finish third to allow him to win what would have been his first title.
Brazilian driver Felipe Massa crossed the line in second place ahead of his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his second world title in style.