Germany’s Nico Rosberg is world champion in Formula 1 for the first time in his career. 34 years after the title of his father, Keke Rosberg. The Mercedes driver finished second in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, won by his teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton lunged into pole position for the start of the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. The British managed to retain his first position from the start, and did everything to steal the world title to his teammate Nico Rosberg. But the 31-year-old German driver only needed a top three position to be crowned World champion, eventually finishing second and ensuring the title of world champion for the first time in his career.
After a stint at too slow speed, Rosberg lost second place to Max Verstappen. In a great battle, the German recovered second place from the young Dutchman, to be just behind his teammate Hamilton. The Briton was playing very tactical in the final laps, slowing the pace to allow Red Bull and Ferrari to close the gap on Rosberg, so that they might be able to overtake him, which would land the title to Hamilton.
But nothing worked. After starting gun season, Nico Rosberg took over from his teammate Lewis Hamilton, triple world champion (2008, 2014, 2015) the winners. With only 5 small points ahead in the standings (385 against 380). 34 years after the title of his father, Finn Keke Rosberg. Nico Rosberg joined at 31, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel in the prestigious cast of German world champions in Formula 1.
The race between the two Mercedes drivers was tense at times, as no driver lowered their guard at a Grand Prix with an uncertain outcome in the final laps. But ultimately, it’s Nico Rosberg who is the new king of Formula One.