Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is the new Formula One ™ World Champion.
Rosberg’s lead in the Championship was big enough that securing second place in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton was enough to crown himself as new Champion, the third German to do so after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
After wrapping up the Formula One™ 2016 season, Mercedes‘ Nico Rosberg savoured the unique feeling of winning his first F1™ World Championship, with a line-up of drivers and the F1™ fraternity with our friends, Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi, The Original F1 Experience.
The race was exciting until the very last second when the drivers crossed the finish line as Ferrari-driver Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen in a Red Bull were close to catch Rosberg who was being held up by teammate Hamilton. Hamilton tried everything to defend his title but congratulated Rosberg in the end. „It was so intense, the race, so tough.“ said Rosberg, who finished runner-up to Hamilton in the past two years.
„I am very proud to have done the same feat as my dad achieved.“ said Rosberg, whose father Keke came to the Abu Dhabi paddock as a surprise after the start of the race and proudly celebrated with his son.
The previous year, Hamilton lost by one point to Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen. This time, Rosberg beat him by five.
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