Nico Rosberg seals 2016 F1 championship

Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden Formula 1 world championship by holding off Sebastian Vettel to finish second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as rival Lewis Hamilton won the race.

Rosberg only had to finish third to clinch the championship, as the pair entered their second title showdown in three seasons.

In winning the title, he matched his father Keke’s feat 34 years ago. Hamilton tried all he could in the closing stages to back Rosberg up into the chasing Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull of Max Verstappen – who made a remarkable comeback from a first-corner spin – but to no avail. In their final F1 races, Williams’s Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button suffered contrasting fortunes.

Massa finished in the points in ninth, Button was forced out with a suspension failure after he hit a kerb too hard.

Requiring a podium finish to secure his first F1 drivers’ title, Rosberg finished Sunday’s race in second place to clinch the crown ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the race victor, by five points.

“That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I’ve ever had,” said a relieved Rosberg. “Those laps were really not very enjoyable. I’m glad it’s over, and I am ecstatic.”

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Gap
1  Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes
2  Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 0.439
3  Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 0.843
4  Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG 1.685
5  Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 5.315
6  Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 18.816
7  Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 50.114
8  Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 58.776
9  Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 59.436
10  Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 59.896
11  Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1’16.777
12  Esteban Gutierrez Haas Ferrari 1’35.113
13  Esteban Ocon Manor Mercedes 1 lap
14  Pascal Wehrlein Manor Mercedes 1 lap
15  Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1 lap
16  Felipe Nasr Sauber Ferrari 1 lap
17  Jolyon Palmer Renault Renault 1 lap
 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso Ferrari
 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Ferrari
 Jenson Button McLaren Honda
 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes
 Kevin Magnussen Renault Renault