Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nico Rosberg ends Lewis Hamilton's three in-a-row dream as German takes F1 world championship on dramatic final day

Jack de Menezes

Published 27/11/2016 | 14:57

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 27, 2016. See PA story AUTO Abu Dhabi. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Commercial use with prior consent from teams.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 27, 2016. See PA story AUTO Abu Dhabi. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Commercial use with prior consent from teams.

Nico Rosberg won his first Formula One world championship despite finishing second-best to Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, ending the Briton’s two-year grip on the title.

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All Rosberg needed to do was secure a podium finish, but that came under jeopardy in the first half of the grand prix as a recovering Max Verstappen found himself ahead of the German, having switched to a one-stop strategy after a first-corner spin.

Verstappen was giving Rosberg a problem, but he dealt with it in the best way possible by passing Verstappen with a lovely move out of the turn six-seven chicane and along the back-straight, despite the 18-year-old fighting back in the only way he knows.

Hamilton was cruising out in front for the duration, fully aware that he would need to back Rosberg up if he was to have any chance of retaining his title, but in the end it proved inevitable, leaving Rosberg to come home second and win the first title of his career.

(© Independent News Service)

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