Hamilton admits hardly sleeping night before sealing title
ABU DHABI (CMC):
Newly crowned Formula One World champion, Lewis Hamilton, has revealed he hardly slept the night before yesterday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which he eventually won to clinch his second driver's title.
The 29-year-old Brit entered the season-ending race needing to win to guarantee himself the title and proceeded to dominate the event at Yas Marina to take his 11th triumph of the season.
"It's very hard to soak all this up. 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," said Hamilton.
"Coming in today ... I didn't sleep last night. I went to bed at about 1 a.m. and woke up at like 5 a.m. 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 ... ."
Hamilton started from second on the grid behind his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, the only driver challenging for the title.
However, he produced a fabulous start to beat the German to the first turn and then controlled the remainder of the race with a measured, well-executed drive.
"It was like a rocket. It was probably the best start I ever had," said Hamilton.
Hamilton entered Sunday's contest just 17 points clear of Rosberg, but with double points on offer, finished well clear in the end on 384 points.
Rosberg, who has been Hamilton's nemesis all season, was magnanimous in defeat.
"He was the best driver on the grid this year and it was a great battle between us," Rosberg said. "And that is what I am racing for - for such battles. Of course, there have been intense moments between us, but most of the time, it was simply fantastic."