Hamilton: I felt the tyres would last


Lewis Hamilton believes he could have completed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on a one-stop strategy as his tyres were "still fine" at the end the second stint.

For the third race in a row Hamilton was beaten to the chequered flag by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, but as was the case in Brazil, the triple World Champion once again questioned the team's strategy.

Having been told no straightaway when asked to change things around at Interlagos, Merc gave him some leeway at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Instead of pitting him straight after Rosberg on lap 32, Hamilton went eight laps longer and he enquired about doing a one-stopper or switching to the supersofts instead of the softs.

However, he was told that his tyres would not last the distance and they also went for the softs in the end.

Asked about the strategy, Hamilton replied: "I think in hindsight once Nico had pitted I would probably have backed off a little bit and would have made the tyres lasted a lot longer," he said. 

"The tyres were still fine at the end. I honestly felt that I could potentially have taken them to the end, but as that didn't work out [staying out] for too long was probably not the right thing to do, but we gave it a try and did the best job I could."

Although Hamilton has played second fiddle to Rosberg for the last three races, it's still been an excellent year as he won the title on the back of 10 races wins.

"It's been an amazing year. It's been a good year, I'm happy. I'm happy it's over for sure so now we can enjoy it," he said.

"I really have to take my hat off to this team who have once again done an amazing job in building this car. The pit stops today, just the performance through the whole year, they have surpassed their own expectations. We have truly shown that Mercedes Benz is the best team in the world and I am proud to be a part of it."