Formula One, Abu Dhabi GP, Highlights: Nico Rosberg is the new 2016 F1 World Champion

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Formula One, Abu Dhabi GP, Highlights: Nico Rosberg is the new 2016 F1 World Champion
  • 20:40 (IST)

    What a season

    It's been an incredible season and what a fitting way to end it. We hope you had a great time watching a finale worthy of this season! Congratulations to Nico Rosberg and commiserations to Lewis Hamilton.

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Hamilton wins the battle but Rosberg takes the war

    Lewis Hamilton fought valiantly till the end but it just wasn't enough as Nico Rosberg takes in the footsteps of his father and becomes an F1 World Champion.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    'I suggest you let us race'

    Lewis Hamilton has laid the gauntlet for Nico Rosberg to take the top spot from him. Here we go! 

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Lap update

    At the end of 44 laps, Lewis Hamilton leads the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix closely followed by Nico Rosberg. As it stands Rosberg is the 2016 World Champion. 
     

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Button update

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    Ricciardo update

    Ricciardo started third but will have to battle against teammate Max Verstappen to retain his third spot. 

  • 19:24 (IST)

    Hamilton pit stop

    Lewis Hamilton makes his final pit stop of the F1 calendar season. Rosberg to follow him soon. 

  • 19:13 (IST)

    Living up to expectations

    This last Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is definitely keeping us on our toes. Some incredible battles taking place as Hamilton leads from the front. 

  • 19:11 (IST)

    Mad, Mad Max!

    Verstappen tries a gutsy line to defend his spot but Rosberg keeps his cool and uses his superior acceleration to take 2nd spot and go chasing Lewis Hamilton's tail!

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    Jenson Button

    What a sad ending to such an incredible career. Jenson Button bows out of the Abu Dhabi GP with a mechanical failure. 

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Verstappen

    While Verstappen is on a different tyre strategy, its incredible how he's holding Rosberg back.

  • 18:53 (IST)

    Mad Max!

    Verstappen doing Verstappen things! From 19th to 2nd for the Red Bull driver. Incredible stuff, this!

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Kevin Magnussen 

    The first driver to retire from the Abu Dhabi GP. 

     

  • 18:40 (IST)

    Hamilton leads

    Lewis Hamilton leads into lap 4 with Rosberg closely following him. As it stands, this World Championship is the German's!

  • 18:37 (IST)

    Mad Max derailed?

    Max Verstappen takes a massive blow after dropping down to 19th position. What happened over there?!

  • 18:36 (IST)

    Aaaaaand we're underway!

    Hamilton leads followed by Rosberg and Ricciardo. 

  • 18:25 (IST)

    What Nico Rosberg needs to do

  • 18:21 (IST)

    Abu Dhabi GP: Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton top off thrilling Formula 1 season in final showdown - Firstpost

    Before the final chapter of the Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg showdown begins, let's appreciate the competitive, gritty season Formula 1 has given us in 2016.

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  • 17:54 (IST)

    Drivers Standings

  • 17:42 (IST)

    What a season it has been! From engine failures to 'Mad Max' to a rivalry brewing for the past three years -- Formula One has peaked! The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the perfect setting for the Nico Rosberg-Lewis Hamilton rivalry to take its final turn before the finish line. 12 points seperate the two and it looks like Rosberg's race and title to lose. 

    But Lewis Hamilton isn't a two-time World Champion for no reason. Expect a fight and if F1 fans are lucky, expect a blockbuster of a 'Duel in the Desert'! FirstpostSports will be here all throughtout and guide you through the next 55 laps. Happy racing!

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Hello and welcome the Live coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the Formula One season reaches its climax. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are both in with a chance to win the driver's championship title and excitement is guaranteed. So stick around for Live updates from Abu Dhabi

Qualification Report: Lewis Hamilton lapped in a league of his own to seize pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday but Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg remained championship favourite with second place on the grid.

Rosberg has a 12-point lead and can afford to let Hamilton win Sunday's day-to-night race, knowing a podium finish at Yas Marina will bring him a first Formula One championship to match Finnish father Keke's 1982 triumph.

Nico Rosberg of Germany and his teammate Lewis Hamilton. AP

Nico Rosberg of Germany and his teammate Lewis Hamilton. AP

Hamilton, who now has 61 career pole positions and 12 for the season as well as four in a row, has to be in the top three to have a chance of becoming Britain's first four-times world champion.

He gave himself the best shot under the floodlights, setting a series of fastest sector times that left little doubt about his determination to try to beat the overwhelming odds against him.

"It's been such a privilege driving this car," he said. "This weekend so far I've got the car in a real sweet spot...and yeah, I'm in a perfect position for tomorrow.

"I feel amazing, I feel energetic, I feel confident - confident of what I've been doing in the car," added Hamilton. "I have everything to gain tomorrow...super-excited about it."

His time of one minute 38.755 seconds was a real statement of intent, the champion a mighty 0.303 faster than Rosberg's best effort.

It was the first time Hamilton had out-qualified his team mate in Abu Dhabi with Rosberg on pole in the last two years, but it could all come to nothing with the title outcome out of the Briton's hands.

"I'm not ecstatic by today. Lewis just did a great job and was a couple of tenths quicker," said Rosberg, who has now qualified 27 times in a row in the top two with barely any reliability problems.

"It just wasn't possible for me to do that time today...for sure, I'll try to go and win.

"It was feeling good out there, I had a good balance and everything so I was quite pleased. As qualifying went on it got better and better. I got a good lap in at the end of Q3 (the final phase of qualifying) but not good enough."

Complete Control

Hamilton could end the season with 10 wins to Rosberg's nine, and needs rivals to get between him and his team mate, but Rosberg will be reassured that Mercedes again looked in complete control.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third place for Red Bull, with a lap more than half a second off Rosberg's pace, and will share the second row with Ferrari's 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton reminded Ricciardo of the Australian's 'winner, winner chicken dinner' catchphrase and said he wanted to hear it on Sunday - but with the Red Bull driver one of those behind him and ahead of Rosberg.

"I think it's going to be fun tomorrow," Ricciardo said. "Obviously, there's the title on the line with these guys here, so it's going to be interesting.

"Hopefully, it's fun throughout the pack and we can do something to make it even more exciting than it already is."

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who secured his first championship against the odds at the circuit with Red Bull in 2010, starts in fifth place with Red Bull's Max Verstappen sixth.

Britain's Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, will line up for his farewell race in 12th position for McLaren.

"A bit of understeer lost me a bit of time but to be fair, it's not a bad place to be in my last race," said Button, who will be handing over to Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne after his 305th start.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, also leaving after Abu Dhabi, qualified 10th for Williams.

 

With inputs from Reuters


Published Date: Nov 27, 2016 05:34 pm | Updated Date: Nov 27, 2016 08:42 pm


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