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Lewis Hamilton joined the ranks of double World Champions

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Lewis Hamilton has joined Formula 1’s illustrious ranks of double World Champions after race victory in the season-deciding Abu Dhabi GP emphatically clinched him the 2014 drivers’ title.

The 29-year-old became the first British double champion since Sir Jackie Stewart in 1971, and only the fourth in history.

The victory was a record 16th of the season for Mercedes.

Rosberg finished 14th after starting on pole position, the much-vaunted ‘duel in the desert’ becoming a nightmare after dark for the German son of 1982 champion Keke.

Felipe Massa finished second for Williams in the race, with Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas third. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel finished eighth in his final race with Red Bull.