F1: Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg crowned F1 World Champion in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Sunday 27th Nov 2016 -The Formula One season came to a spectacular end in the Abu Dhabi desert this weekend, after Nico Rosberg was crowned 2016 FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Champion.
Nico held off a late spell of pressure from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to finish just behind race-winner and teammate, Lewis Hamilton, making it a special double-celebration for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team.
It has been a truly record breaking season for the Silver Arrows, with the team having taken 19 wins out of 21 races – Lewis having scored 10 victories to Nico’s nine – and both drivers being separated by just five points at the final flag of 2016.
Now the title will cross the Brackley garage floor; with Nico earning his maiden F1 championship title victory, before celebrating with his wife Vivian and his mother and father. In fact the family connection in the F1 world championship runs stronger than most with the Rosbergs, as Nico’s title makes him only the second driver in Formula One history where a son becomes World Champion to a Father World Champion – with Keke, having netted the drivers’ title in 1982 exactly 34years ago.
Nico Rosberg – “Wow! I am delighted and I dedicate the championship win to my wife and my daughter. I am very proud to have done the same feat as my dad [Keke], but congratulations to Lewis. He too has had a great season and was a great competitor as always.
“The race was crazy and the battle with Max Verstappen; I hope I don’t experience that again! It was so intense and it will take some time to come to terms with but I want to say thank you to all the people who have been supporting me throughout the world. It is a very special feeling for me and the people closest to me. My racing family.”
Meanwhile, although pleased with his victory, the 53rd of his career, the feeling was bittersweet for Lewis, as Nico’s second place means he relinquishes his grasp on the 2016 FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Champion’s trophy.
Lewis, who started on pole, tried his best to force Nico into a battle that could have swung the title race back in his favour, but was quick to praise his teammate for his successful season.
Lewis said: “I am happy with the win. It was relatively easy to get the win in the end, so a big thank you to the team. I was hoping Sebastian, with the pace he was on, would close up the gap but his tyres we’re going off and Nico did not make any mistakes.
“I did what I could and drove well but at the end of the day, Nico had a clean year and had no issues, which is why we sat where we are now but there are still a lot of positives that I can take from this season. There have been a lot of great things that have happened. One thing is the bond with my new mechanics and engineers who came into my garage. That relationship is strong and that bond is real positive.”