Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was officially crowned F1 world champion for the second time on Friday night at the FIA Prize-Giving Gala in Qatar.

Hamilton, who also took the title in 2008, clinched it at the final race in Abu Dhabi last month, taking 11 wins in total across the season and notching up 384 points in total.

The Briton was presented with the 2014 F1 Drivers' Championship trophy by FIA president Jean Todt, while team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also received awards having finished second and third respectively.

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"So far no," Hamilton replied when asked if he has had time to sit down and reflect on his success. "It has been quite a busy period of time. This year, after the race, I have been doing tons of interviews for radio and television. I am enjoying it though and I'd happily do that every year!

"At the factory, we are also working on next year's car already and I have been seeing the team there, thanking the team for all their help, both the teams, where they build the engine and also the car. I have been trying to fit in dinners with the family as well. It's been a whirlwind.

"I am looking forward to the break that is coming up and in that break I will get to do some partying for sure."

"I was just so elated [when I secured the title]," he added. "It has been a long, long time in coming and the pressure was immense. To keep your cool and get through the whole race [in Abu Dhabi], especially when there were moments when you thought perhaps you wouldn't make it - whether it be the car or whether the double points system [had an effect] - I was just so happy."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff meanwhile received the Constructors' Championship trophy, which was secured in Russia with three rounds to go. Mercedes ended the season with 701 points, 296 more than Red Bull.


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Well done Lewis, totally deserved. A true champion