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.

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Mercedes AMG F1 Team Celebrations!

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.”

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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.

Rosberg admitted:

“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.

Results

ClaDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:38'04.013
2Nico RosbergMercedes1:38'04.452
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1:38'04.856
4Max VerstappenRed Bull1:38'05.698
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:38'09.328
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:38'22.829
7Nico HulkenbergForce India1:38'54.127
8Sergio PerezForce India1:39'02.789
9Felipe MassaWilliams1:39'03.449
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:39'03.909
11Romain GrosjeanHaas1:39'20.790
12Esteban GutierrezHaas1:39'39.126
13Esteban OconManor1:38'34.474
14Pascal WehrleinManor1:38'40.779
15Marcus EricssonSauber1:38'41.672
16Felipe NasrSauber1:38'47.042
17Jolyon PalmerRenault1:38'55.205
dnfCarlos Sainz Jr.Toro Rosso1:15'22.129
dnfDaniil KvyatToro Rosso26'02.917
dnfJenson ButtonMcLaren22'42.839
dnfValtteri BottasWilliams11'03.071
dnfKevin MagnussenRenault9'47.308

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