Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi but Rosberg takes the crown // Championship decider goes right to the wire

Published by Christine Blachford

Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi but Rosberg takes the crown
Credit: Daimler AG
Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi but Rosberg takes the crown audio waveform

Lewis Hamilton took victory in Abu Dhabi, but despite his best efforts, it wasn’t enough to keep Nico Rosberg from securing the 2016 World Championship. With Hamilton easily out front and in control of the race, all Nico had to do was finish third, but that was by no means easy. Max Verstappen initially put himself out of the battle by spinning on the first lap and dropping to the rear of the field, but converted to a one stop strategy that saw him finish fourth.

Hamilton slowed the pace of the race down as the laps counted by, hoping to drop Rosberg into the clutches of Vettel and Verstappen who were chasing him down. The Brit ignored the instructions of the team to speed things up, and so whilst the race may not have had epic overtaking like Brazil, it wound up to an incredibly tense conclusion.

Meanwhile, Button retired from his final race with a mechanical failure, whilst Magnussen, Bottas and both Toro Rossos also suffered a DNF to finish the season.

Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

What was the infamous excuse McLaren gave, when they confirmed on this day in '05 that Montoya would miss a race?

F1 team launches
Sauber F1 TeamOnline20 Feb
Renault Sport F1 TeamTBC21 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamSilverstone, England22 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas MotorsportSilverstone, England23 Feb
McLaren HondaTBC24 Feb
Scuderia FerrariFiorano, Italy24 Feb
Williams Martini RacingTBC25 Feb
Haas F1 TeamTBC26 Feb
Red Bull RacingOnline26 Feb
Scuderia Toro RossoBarcelona, Spain26 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain7 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain8 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain9 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain10 Mar

On this day in F1 history