Welcome back to Speed, the Formula One title may already have been won, but pride was at stake at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where drivers were looking to lay down a marker ahead of next season. Having triumphed in Mexico and Brazil, let’s see if Nico Rosberg was able to make it a hat-trick by dominating Lewis Hamilton in this year’s season finale.
Third consecutive triumph
Nico Rosberg wrapped up the Formula One season on a winning high in Abu Dhabi with team-mate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton second in a record 12th one-two finish of the year for dominant Mercedes.
The German’s third win in a row, from a sixth successive pole position, dashed Hamilton’s hopes of a 44th career victory. The Briton, who clinched the title in Texas last month with three races to spare, finished 8.2 seconds behind after an attempt at a different strategy failed to produce the desired result.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took third place ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel, who started 15th, for only the Finn’s third podium appearance of the season.
Motorsport fans around the world were left on the edge of their seats as the 2015 MotoGP season culminated in a thrilling finale at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit, with Jorge Lorenzo clinching one of the most closely-contested championship battles in years. Let’s take a look.
Valentino Rossi led the championship for almost the entire season as he chased a tenth world title, but it wasn’t to be as team-mate Jorge Lorenzo never surrendered and eventually closed the gap to seven points going into the final race in Valencia.
Rossi, who had to start from the back of the grid as punishment for pushing Marc Marquez off his bike in Malaysia, surged dramatically through the pack to finish fourth but Lorenzo led from pole to flag, despite intense pressure from his Spanish compatriots, Honda duo Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
All eyes were on Marquez to see if he could overtake Lorenzo after his spat with Rossi who later accused the two-time world champion of conspiring to help Lorenzo claim his third MotoGP world title.
A one-horse race
While the Motogp title was hotly contested, France’s Sebastien Ogier was never really troubled as he sealed his third consecutive World Rally Championship with three races to spare in Australia. Here’s a round up of some of the most compelling moments from this 2015 campaign.
Ogier’s seventh win of the season in Australia enabled him to enter an exclusive club of multiple title winners as he joined fellow countryman Sébastien Loeb, Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen.
The Volkswagen driver got off to a strong start and claimed the first three races of the season before failing to deliver at the Rally of Argentina due to a technical problem.
Ogier bounced back with a convincing win in Italy and confirmed in Poland, Germany and Australia to secure the title ahead of Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala with Andreas Mikkelsen having to settle for third place.
Our weekly round-up from the world of motorsport is drawing to a close but we’ll be back next year for more of the same. In the meantime we leave you with some of the best images from the ‘Ferrari World’ theme park in Abu Dhabi, where Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen dared the world’s fastest roller coaster. Thank you for watching Speed and see you soon.