Nico Rosberg was crowned Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion on Sunday after finishing behind Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held at Yas Marina Cicuit in the UAE.
Rosberg needed only to finish in the top three, coupled with a Hamilton victory, to secure the coveted title – the first of his career.
Rosberg commented after clinching his crown: “I drive to win the world championship and I have achieved that and it was my childhood dream to win the world championship and that’s done, and that’s what I’m excited about and I look forward to celebrating with all the people who have been supporting me.”
It was a tense ending to the race for the German, who had to endure a nail-biting challenge from some of the sport’s top names.
Rosberg and Hamilton were challenged hard by Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages.
Hamilton eventually took the chequered flag in a winning time of one hour 38 minutes 04.013 seconds.
Rosberg followed just 0.439 seconds behind, while Vettel managed to take the final podium place 0.843s back. Verstapen was 1.685s behind Hamilton.
“That definitely wasn’t the most enjoyable race I’ve ever had!”
“With Max early on, and then with these guys coming at the end, it definitely wasn’t fun. I’m just really glad it’s over!”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, while Ferari’s Kimi Raikkonen was sixth. The Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez followed while the retiring Felipe Massa of Williams and Fernando Alonso of McLaren rounded out the top 10 and points winners.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:38'05.698|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:38'09.328|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:38'54.127|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:39'02.789|
|dnf||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1:15'22.129|
|dnf||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||26'02.917|