WRITE TO US Motorsport News Au­tosport Me­dia UK Ltd Bridge House, 69 Lon­don Road, Twick­en­ham TW1 3SP Mercedes man chose his path in Abu Dhabi - and stuck to it

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Firstly, con­grat­u­la­tions to Nico Ros­berg on hold­ing his nerve to claim his maiden F1 world cham­pi­onship in Abu Dhabi on Sun­day. It was tense right up to the fin­ish, and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to land the crown af­ter hav­ing been so close in the past was clear.

De­spite his per­for­mance, the talk­ing point was the ac­tions of his team-mate and out­go­ing cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton. The Brit backed up Ros­berg into the chas­ing pack be­hind and there was up­roar. Why was he us­ing such un­der­hand tac­tics, sev­eral peo­ple asked. What non­sense.

Hamil­ton did not break any rules. Hamil­ton did not put any­one in dan­ger. Hamil­ton knew that Mercedes had the con­struc­tors ti­tle safely locked away. It was a one-on-one fight be­tween Lewis and Nico, and Hamil­ton tried ev­ery an­gle he could to make the cham­pi­onship destiny turn in his favour. What is wrong with that?

Rac­ing driv­ers hate com­ing sec­ond, and it is that pas­sion and de­sire that marks out the av­er­age ones from the very spe­cial ones. And, de­spite what on­look­ers might be say­ing or think­ing, Hamil­ton is one of that spe­cial breed. Matt James, Edi­tor

Matthew Spencer got this dra­matic shot of some au­to­grass ac­tion back in the sum­mer Gary Simp­son snapped his own car at Croft Subarus at Pro­drive, taken by Greg Tomkins

Retro rallycross fun, taken by Matthew Spencer

Jonathan Brown snapped this at­mo­spheric Mercedes F1 shot Rally fan Alas­tair Mcphar­lane got caught out in Dalby

Peter Atkins was at the Clas­sic show Ian Sprott trekked into the forests for this snap

A race to re­mem­ber? Photo by Jack Mor­ris

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