After all drama Lewis Hamilton secured his 10th victory of the season, and fourth in a row, but his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished second under intense pressure to claim the championship.
The Brit effort to push Rosberg into the clutches of those behind him, by purposely slowing the pace in the closing laps to the concern of team bosses, produced a nail-biting finish with the top four separated by just 1.6 seconds.
Following the race Hamilton claims he did nothing dangerous or unfair driving during the final stages in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when he slowed the pace to make life tough for title-rival Rosberg.
“I don’t think I did anything dangerous, I don’t think I did anything unfair,” said Hamilton.
“We were fighting for the championship, I was in the lead so I control the pace…. That is the rules.”
Reportedly Hamilton two times ignored team order to pick up the pace, firstly from his race engineer and then from Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe, as he backed up the field to try and push Rosberg within reach of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
Asked during a post-race news conference if he was annoyed by the team instructions, he said: “Not really. I don’t know why they didn’t just let us race.
“There was never a moment where I felt I was going to lose the race. It is a shame that it is quite clear their thought process … and I don’t have much to say to be honest.
“I was hoping he (Vettel) would close up, but his tyres were going off towards the end – and Nico drove well to not make mistakes. It was pretty chilled at the end. It may have been intense for you, but not intense for me.
“For me, I am in a position where I had a lot of points lost during the season so for me I am out there fighting and generally never try to do anything to harm the team or the brand.
“But we won the constructors’ championship so it was down to me and Nico today. However, they felt they still needed to make comments. We will discuss it afterwards as we always do.”