The MSA – governing body of UK motor sport – sends its warmest congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on being crowned the 2014 FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Champion after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
This year has been outstanding for 29-year-old Hamilton and his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. He won 11 rounds – including his home race at Silverstone – to surpass Nigel Mansell’s British record of 31 grand prix victories.
Hamilton becomes only the 16th driver in F1’s 64-year history to win the championship more than once. His first crown came in only his second F1 season in 2008, having missed being a rookie champion in 2007 by a single point.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Lewis’s second F1 title caps a very special year for British motor racing talent. The Union Jack has flown above podiums right across the globe, with British drivers also crowned champions in GP2, GP3, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, the World Endurance Championship, and both the World and European kart championships.
“We have seen in the past how big an impact a British F1 champion has on the sport domestically, so what Lewis has done is extra special for UK motor sport in every sense. With two titles under his belt, he must now be considered one of the all-time greats and we are proud that his story began on British kart and race circuits, with an MSA competition licence in his pocket. He is an outstanding ambassador for UK motor sport and a great role model for the next generation of British racing drivers.”