LEWSIS HAMILTON WINS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX BUT ROSBERG CLAIMS CHAMPIONSHIP
It was a duel of the greats in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates but it would be Mercedes that would walk away with championship gold. The German Nico Rosberg claimed his very first F1 world title with a second-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – but the winner of the race Lewis Hamilton wouldn’t make it that easy for him.
Hamilton ignored team orders to quicken his pace having tried to slow the pack down and make it more difficult for Rosberg to finish on the podium.
But Rosberg held on to emulate his father Keke - the 1982 world championship winner - and secure the 2016 World Championship crown.
"I don't think I did anything dangerous, I don't think I did anything unfair," said Hamilton.
"We were fighting for the championship, I was in the lead so I control the pace.... That is the rules." Hamilton twice ignored team instructions to pick up the pace, firstly from his race engineer and then from Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe, as he backed up the field to try and push Rosberg within reach of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
He added: "There was never a moment where I felt I was going to lose the race. It is a shame that it is quite clear their thought process ... and I don't have much to say to be honest.
"I was hoping he (Vettel) would close up, but his tyres were going off towards the end - and Nico drove well to not make mistakes.
"For me, I am in a position where I had a lot of points lost during the season so for me I am out there fighting and generally never try to do anything to harm the team or the brand.
"But we won the constructors' championship so it was down to me and Nico today. However, they felt they still needed to make comments. We will discuss it afterwards as we always do."
The results of the top5 in the race were:
1. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari
4. Max Verstappen - Red Bull
5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull