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Congratulations to two-time World Drivers Champion (WDC), Lewis Hamilton.  But I was really really impressed with the way Nico Rosberg handled the post-race interviews, interactions with the media  - but most of all, I was really impressed with the way he conducted himself during the race when he realised the car was going to let him down.  His time will come, for sure.

For mine, the drive of the day - again - had to be Daniel Ricciardo, who cemented third place in the WDC with another barnstorming drive to put the underpowered Red Bull up into 4th place after starting from pit lane.  Watch out for this kid next year, hes going to be a real threat if Red Bull can give him a (legal) car that is competative.

Well done also to Williams who have done an amazing job this year. Its so nice to see Massa in a competative car, and Bottas is definately a star of the future.  A fitting end for Lotus-Renault with a BBQd power unit as a parting gift from the team to their departing engine manufacturer.  These guys - with a Merc engine - will also be competative next year.

Shout-out to Caterham for getting one of their two cars home, and for Maldonado and Kobyashi for NOT crashing into anyone. 

But the real intrigue remains the driver market, with a number of key drivers still to announce their plans for next year.  We do know Force India are retaining their 2014 driver partnership, with two new talented Indians joining the team (perhaps as test / reserve drivers) in 2015.  Looking at Buttons donuts its hard to imagine hell be back next year, and its tough that he didnt get the chance to be properly farewelled as Mark Webber was last year.  Adam Cooper (F1 Journalist) tweeted post-race of seeing Buttons manager in discussion with Ron Dennis, then Ron calling Button over for a sit-down chat. For mine, I think well see an Alonso / Stoffel van Doorne McLaren-Honda team next year. 

In closing out this years season, I must remark on the happy families pictures of Nicole and Lewis celebrating post-race.  I have poked fun at them over the last few years, but if Lewis recent tweets are to be believed, they are happier and stronger than theyve ever been and I wish them all the very best.  I wonder - will we see the ex-PussyCat Doll with a large rock on her ring finger over the off season??

Ill keep an eye on testing (including the first running of the McLaren-Honda this week) over the winter break, and providing my contract negotiations work out better than Buttons have I will return in 2015.  All the very best for the holiday season - and perhaps consider watching some FIA Formula E over the winter??

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