Nico Rosberg secured another spot on the podium with a solid third place in Abu Dhabi, behind the two Red Bulls.
Rosberg ran second initially, but lost out to Weber when he got caught out behind Paul Di Resta, who was ahead after not yet pitting.
Sebastian Vettel lodged another personal landmark with his seventh consecutive win in Abu Dhabi, but as usual, the 2013 World Champion was keen to take the focus off the statistics.
He also pointed out that it wasn’t as routine as it might have looked from the outside.
“The thing is that what people see is seven races,” he said. “People don’t see the challenge it takes every single race to nail it. It’s been exceptional. The fact that we got everything right – smooth pit stops, reliability – all these things need to come together. The numbers are not that important to me, but equally they make me very, very proud.”
Nicky Hayden admits that he is not happy with the results he has had during his stint with Ducati, and is ready for a fresh start with Power Electronics Aspar next season.
Since his move to Ducati in 2009, the American has only scored three podium finishes and has failed to finish better than seventh in the championship standings.
“If I’m completely honest, I look back and don’t say it with regrets, but I can’t really be happy about the five years,” Hayden said in a sit-down interview with Gavin Emmett. “Results wise, it just wasn’t enough. That’s bitter. There will definitely be a little bitter taste in my mouth that we couldn’t accomplish more, especially in the last year or two.”
Fernando Alonso has gone for a hospital checkup after bouncing over the curbs while battling with Jean-Eric Vergne in Abu Dhabi.
The jolt was hard enough to set off the FIA-mandated g-force alarm, which means a compulsory medical checkup for the driver.
Alonso admitted afterwards that he felt some back pain, and after a check at the circuit medical center, he went for further investigations at the local hospital.