KUALA LUMPUR – President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Petronas, Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas congratulated British driver, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One (F1) Team for clinching the F1 Drivers’ world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
“Hard work, commitment and practice has paid off. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and everyone who have gone above and beyond their usual call of duty to contribute to our well-deserved victory,” he said in a statement issued by Petronas, yesterday.
“Indeed, it is a great honour to be a part of this triumph as Petronas celebrates its 20th year in Formula One next year,” Shamsul Azhar added.
He said the victory was a testimony that strong partnership of fuel efficiency and performance between the national oil company with the Germany carmaker, Mercedes, was a fruitful one.
“This is a milestone achievement for Petronas and we aim to keep the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team ahead with our winning formula,” Shamsul Azhar added.
Sharing his views was Executive Director of the team, Toto Wolff who regarded it an enjoyable and incredible season despite facing a stressful race of the season-ending race at the Yas Marina circuit.
“But as we celebrate, we must not forget Nico: he has delivered a season worthy of a world championship and shown his true sporting stature today as well. Somewhat incredibly, that win was our 16 of the season,” he said.
“Congratulations to each and every person who contributed to that success, and particularly to our friends and colleagues at PETRONAS, who have supported our team for the past five years,” Wolff added.
Hamilton secured his second F1 Drivers’ world title after crossing the line in Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi with a time of 1 hour 39 minutes 02.619 seconds.
Two Williams drivers – Brazilian Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas of Finland – finished second and third respectively.
For the record, Hamilton secured his first world title back in 2008 with McLaren-Mercedes F1 Team which has since split. – Bernama