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Finishing the race in second place, Rosberg is the first German in a German constructor’s car to claim the throne. The 31-year-old drove to a final score of 385 points and is now the second World Champion of his family, succeeding his father and champion of 1982 “Keke” Rosberg. “It was my childhood dream to win the world championship and that’s done,” said Rosberg after his victory.
The start of the race in Abu Dhabi saw the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers sprint off the line, with Hamilton leading Rosberg. The race proceeded without major incidents or mistakes for both drivers, which forced Hamilton into trying to back up his team mate, as he needed him to finish fourth or worse. Hamilton reduced his pace and made the gap between him and his rival Rosberg come down to less than a second. Rosberg felt the pressure from the other drivers closing in on him from behind, but kept his cool and his driving flawless. Hamilton passed the chequered flag 0.4s ahead of Rosberg to score his 10th win of the season, 53rd of his career and to pass on his world title to Nico by 5 points.
It was an absolutely outstanding season not just for the drivers, but for the whole PUMA-equipped MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team, as they were able to win their third consecutive Constructors Championship (with an overall 765 points) in a row, four races short of final race. Nico Rosberg’s close title race against Lewis Hamilton exemplifies this year’s outstanding accomplishments of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team and our high performance race gear that accompanies both the drivers and team on the race track. Forever Faster.