Nico Rosberg has finally accomplished his dream winning the 2016 Formula 1 drivers championship after finishing second on the podium in last grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton did his job winning the race but it was not enough as he lost the title by just 5 points.
The race was very predictable even though the build up has been exhausting during the week on how, where and when Hamilton can win the championship but in reality he needed a miracle as both Mercedes cars were too good this season. However Hamilton won his 10th race and will be happy to take the momentum to next season which starts on Sunday, 26th March 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
How Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Title ? He started stronger this season and won the opening three race to put a statement early on but Hamilton bounced back and overtook Rosberg in championship table midway through the season. But than came couple of poor results for the Brit while Rosberg continue to finish on podiums even when he was not winning races. The breaking point came in japan where hamilton suffered a DNF and from than on it was uphill task for Hamilton to bounce back.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016 Results:
In Abh Dhabi Hamilton looked for more stronger and faster than Rosberg and he raced to a comfortable win but it was not enough as Rosberg himself took second place which sealed the title in his favour.
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We all set for a mega weekend for the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016 this weekend from Friday, 25 November to Sunday, 27th November. All the spotlight is on Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who will be contesting for the title with only 9 point separate the top two. equation is pretty simple with Hamilton must win the race and hope Rosberg finish outside top 3.
Its all starts this Friday, 25 November 2016 with the opening practice session starting at 09:00 am uk time and both SkyF1 and Channel4 will have the live coverage in the United Kingdom. The qualifying takes place on Saturday, 26th November at around 13:00 and the big race on Sunday, 27th November at 13:00 uk time.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview: Lewis Hamilton has the momentum going into the race having won three back to back races as he got himself back into the title race but with Rosberg still ahead by 9 points Hamilton needs a miracle to get the better of Rosberg in championship race.
Mercedez has dominated the season with both Ferrari and Red Bull not keeping up with the Mercedes duo and we can expect a similar story on Sunday. I expect both Hamilton and Rosberg to finish on podium which will hand the title to Rosberg.
2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review: Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 grand prix with a two-stopper strategy and he started the race with super-soft tyres later changing to soft ones. He won the race and became the world champion for second time in his career. Alot of celebrities and some elite members will be their this Sunday for what will be the last race of the season. Since the championship race in both drivers and constructors is already won all teams will give it a real go and we can expect a fine race come Sunday night.
Nico Rosberg has been in sensational for since Lewis hamilton won 2015 world title in Austin, Texas last month. Rosberg has won 6 back to back pole positions and 3 back to back races since than. He took his points tally to 322 points winning 6 race this season compared to Hamilton’s 10.
Rivalry between the two Mercedez drivers blew hot and cold this season and according to Rosberg himself the lowest point of the season was when Hamilton was crowned champion last month. But since than he has won every race and can’t wait for 2016 season to get underway.
One school of thought is that Lewis Hamilton has taken foot off the gas since winning his third world title last month. He was in the news and was criticised for having a very party lifestyle by Mercedez team manager. But both Hamilton and Rosberg won 16 races of the 19 this season completing incredible dominance of Mercedez this season.
Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix Results: We will update the result of qualifying after the session is over on saturday while the sunday’s race result will be posted immediately after the chequered flag.
Ferrari duo Kimi Raikonnen and Sebastian Vettel finished third and fourth respectively while Force India’s Sergio Perez was fifth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenburg who finished 6th and 7th respectively.