Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers’ World Championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and celebrated by kissing his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and his family, who had flown in for the race day to support him.
Hamilton who was also champion in 2008, became only the fourth Briton to win two world titles.
Hamilton started second on the grid for finishing behind Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in qualifying.
He was second in qualifying but took the lead at the start and controlled the race, as Rosberg suffered car trouble with the failure of his hybrid system to finish 14th.
“This is the greatest day of my life,” the 29 year-old said after finishing 67 points clear of Rosberg with 11 wins compared to Rosberg’s five.
“2008 was a great year in my life. The feeling I have now is way, way past that. The greatest feeling ever.” Hamilton added
He joins a number of other drivers on two titles, including his great contemporary rival Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher is the all-time record holder with seven, while the most successful current driver is Sebastian Vettel on four.
As Hamilton crossed the line, Prince Harry, attending the race, took to the team radio to say: “Lewis, well done for not making the British public sweat. You are an absolute legend.”