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Sunday images from the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

#N1CO: Rosberg wins the 2016 FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Championship

Nov 272016

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 is special double celebration for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team.

An emotional Nico told us: "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 feet 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."


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."


So there you have it! An intense, historic and edge of the seat season means Formula One has a new Champion - and he goes by the name of Nico Rosberg. A huge congrats to the man himself and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team.


Race Result – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:
1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes
2    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes
3    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari
4    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault
5    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault
6    Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari
7    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes
8    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes
9    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes
10    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda
11    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari
12    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari
13    Esteban Ocon        Manor/Mercedes
14    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes
15    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari
16    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari
17    Jolyon Palmer        Renault
-    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari
-    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari
-    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda
-    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes
-    Kevin Magnussen    Renault


2016 FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Championship:

1    Nico Rosberg        385
2    Lewis Hamilton        380
3    Daniel Ricciardo    256
4    Sebastian Vettel    212
5    Max Verstappen    204
6    Kimi Raikkonen        186
7    Sergio Perez        101
8    Valtteri Bottas        85
9    Nico Hulkenberg    72
10    Fernando Alonso    54
11    Felipe Massa        53
12    Carlos Sainz        46
13    Romain Grosjean    29
14    Daniil Kvyat        25
15    Jenson Button        21
16    Kevin Magnussen    7
17    Felipe Nasr        2
18    Jolyon Palmer        1
19    Pascal Wehrlein    1
20    Stoffel Vandoorne    1
21    Esteban Gutierrez    0
22    Marcus Ericsson    0
23    Esteban Ocon        0
24    Rio Haryanto        0

2016 FIA Formula One™ World Constructors’ Championship:

1    Mercedes        765
2    Red Bull/Renault    468
3    Ferrari            398
4    Force India/Mercedes    173
5    Williams/Mercedes    138
6    McLaren/Honda        76
7    Toro Rosso/Ferrari    63
8    Haas/Ferrari        29
9    Renault            8
10    Sauber/Ferrari        2
11    Manor/Mercedes    1