Hello and welcome to Speed. We had to wait for the last race of the season to know the Formula 1 World Champion but that doesn’t mean it was an exciting race. As expected, Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg finished second and grabbed his first world title.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2016
Although Hamilton came up with his 10th win of the season and fourth in a row, it was not enough to keep Rosberg from claiming the crown.
Rosberg needed just to finish in the top three in Sunday’s final race of the season to take the title away from his Mercedes team-mate.
Hamilton did not want to go out without a fight, and tried some risky tactics to tackle Rosberg.
While leading in the closing laps, Hamilton ignored team orders to quicken up and instead tried to push Rosberg into the cars behind by deliberately slowing the pace.
Rosberg entered the race with a 12-point advantage over Hamilton, with a possible 25 available at this final meeting.
His second-place finish and Hamilton’s win allowed Rosberg to finish with 385 points to Hamilton’s 380 at the end of the championship.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Thirty four years after Keke Rosberg was crowned world champion, Nico finally followed the footsteps of his father. The Rosberg family is now the second that can brag about two different champions, after Graham and Damon Hill.
Let it all out,
nico_rosberg</a> - you're world champion now! 🗣<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1Finale?src=hash">#F1Finale</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AbuDhabiGP?src=hash">#AbuDhabiGP</a> <a href="https://t.co/yiAIe0353H">pic.twitter.com/yiAIe0353H</a></p>— Formula 1 (F1) 27 novembre 2016
Winning is clearly in the family. Nico was not yet born when his father captured the F1 World Championship in 1982.
The 31-year-old German began his F1 career at Williams in 2006, where he drove until 2009.
His early career showed much promise, but it was in 2010 when the world took notice of the young star. That year he signed for Mercedes and raced alongside seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Rosberg out scored Schumacher in all three seasons they were together at Mercedes between 2010 and 2012.
While Rosberg followed in father’s footsteps, he is now setting new milestones and leaving his own mark on the racing world.
WALK IN THE PARK
The 2016 season has finished and Nico Rosberg was not the only driver with reason to celebrate. In the World Rally Championship there was only one serious title contender and he didn’t disappoint. As usual, his fouth world title was a walk in the park for Sébastien Ogier.
Sébastien Ogier is the king of the World Rally Championships. This year he captured his fourth title.
Ogier has been unstoppable. He has won the title every year since 2013.
He dominated the season yet again and left rivals in the dust after winning all six races this year. While he won all four titles with Volksvagen, he is currently in the market for a new team since Volksvagen will not be participating in the World Rally Championships next year.
A very emotional end of rally for us all. The end of some amazing four years together. Thank you
VolkswagenRally</a>!! <a href="https://t.co/1Q7K2GYxyk">pic.twitter.com/1Q7K2GYxyk</a></p>— Sébastien Ogier (SebOgier) November 20, 2016
With 38 victories and 4 WRC titles, he is the second most successful WRC driver, after former Citroën WRC teammate Sébastien Loeb.
In MotoGP, for the first time ever we had nine different winners throughout the season. In spite of that, Marc Márquez third world title was never in question.
Spains’s Marc Márquez may just be 23, but he’s the man of the MotoGP World Championships.
This year he won his third MotoGP title in four years and fifth world title overall in Japan with three rounds remaining. Rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo couldn’t keep up and crashed out of the race.
The Honda rider is just one of four riders to have won world championship titles in three different categories.
Márquez also became the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the title overall.
La foto que cualquier piloto desea! Felicidades— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) November 14, 2016
ZarcoJohann</a> y <a href="https://twitter.com/BradBinder_41">bradbinder_41!
The picture every rider wants! Congratulations Johann & Brad! pic.twitter.com/PlGzJkRri5
Speed comes to an end with the three big champions of 2016. To all of you that relied on us to follow the big moments of motorsports, thank you very much.
Get a different perspective
Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.