Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Nico Rosberg becomes World Champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but it was not enough to prevent Nico Rosberg becoming world champion.

Rosberg held off a late charge from Sebastian Vettel – who finished third – to become 2016 world champion. Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack, despite numerous calls from the pit wall to pick up his pace, but Rosberg was able to remain in second place. He crossed the line just four tenths off his team-mate with Vettel just four tenths further back on him.

Max Verstappen recovered from a lap one spin to make a different strategy work to finish in fourth, ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Felipe Massa ended his F1 career with two points ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished in tenth.

Romain Grosjean finished in 11th place ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, and Pascal Wehrlein. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and a penalised Jolyon Palmer were the remaining finishers. Palmer was given a five second time penalty for crashing into Carlos Sainz and ending his race.

Joining Sainz on the sidelines were team-mate Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas, and Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button suffered disappointment on his last Grand Prix appearance when his front suspension broke, bringing a premature end to his race.

At the front, defiant Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack but Rosberg withstood the pressure and finished where he needed to to become world champion. It is 34 years since his father Keke Rosberg won the world championship and they become one of only two father-son world champions. The other father-son world champions are of course Graham and Damon Hill.

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:38.755
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:39.058
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:39.589
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:39.604
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:39.661
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:39.818
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:40.501
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:40.519
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:41.106
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:41.213
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.084
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:41.272
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:41.480
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:41.564
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:41.564
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:41.995
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:42.003
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:42.142
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:42.247
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:42.286
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:42.393
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:42.637

Laps

  1. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 17
  2. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 17
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 15
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 14
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 14
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 13
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 12
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 12
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 12
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 16
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 15
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 14
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 14
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 14
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 9
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 9
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 9
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 8
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 8
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 8
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 6

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP3 Times & Laps

Free Practice 3

Times

Drivers

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:40.775
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:40.912 – +0.137
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:40.999 – +0.224
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:41.065 – +0.290
  5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:41.168 – +0.393
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:41.831 – +1.056
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:41.885 – +1.110
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:42.067 – +1.292
  9. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:42.076 – +1.301
  10. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:42.354 – +1.579
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:42.585 – +1.810
  12. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:42.616 – +1.841
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:42.664 – +1.889
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:42.683 – +1.908
  15. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:42.805 – +2.030
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:43.057 – +2.282
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:43.057 – +2.370
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:43.301 – +2.526
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:43.417 – +2.642
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:43.733 – +2.958
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:44.105 – +3.330
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:44.238 – +3.463

Teams

  1. Ferrari – 1:40.775
  2. Red Bull – 1:40.912 – +0.137
  3. Mercedes – 1:41.065 – +0.290
  4. Force India – 1:41.885 – +1.110
  5. Williams – 1:42.076 – +1.301
  6. Haas – 1:42.354 – +1.579
  7. McLaren – 1:42.585 – +1.810
  8. Renault – 1:42.616 – +1.841
  9. Manor – 1:43.057 – +2.370
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:43.301 – +2.526
  11. Sauber – 1:43.417 – +2.642

Laps

Drivers

  1. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 21
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 20
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 19
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 19
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 19
  6. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 18
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 18
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 18
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 17
  10. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 17
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 16
  12. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 16
  13. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 15
  14. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 15
  15. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 14
  16. Jenson Button – McLaren – 14
  17. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 14
  18. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 13
  19. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 13
  20. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 12
  21. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 12
  22. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 9

Teams

  1. Sauber – 40
  2. Red Bull – 39
  3. Williams – 37
  4. Renault – 34
  5. Mercedes – 32
  6. Haas – 31
  7. Force India – 30
  8. Manor – 30
  9. Ferrari – 28
  10. McLaren – 27
  11. Toro Rosso – 21

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:40.861
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:40.940 – +0.079
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:41.130 – +0.269
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:41.389 – +0.528
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:41.390 – +0.529
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:41.464 – +0.603
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.959 – +1.098
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:42.041 – +1.180
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:42.264 – +1.403
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:42.268 – +1.407
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:42.366 – +1.505
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:42.823 – +1.962
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:43.012 – +2.151
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:43.108 – +2.247
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:43.272 – +2.411
  16. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:43.600 – +2.739
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:43.754 – +2.893
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:43.903 – +3.042
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:44.045 – +3.184
  20. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:44.117 – +3.256
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:44.478 – +3.617
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:34.948 – +5.087

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:40.861
  2. Ferrari – 1:41.130 – +0.269
  3. Red Bull – 1:41.389 – +0.528
  4. Williams – 1:41.959 – +1.098
  5. Force India – 1:42.041 – +1.180
  6. McLaren – 1:42.366 – +1.505
  7. Haas – 1:43.012 – +2.151
  8. Renault – 1:43.272 – +2.411
  9. Manor – 1:43.600 – +2.739
  10. Sauber – 1:43.903 – +3.042
  11. Toro Rosso – 1:44.478 – +3.617

Laps

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 38
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 36
  3. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 36
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 36
  5. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 36
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 35
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 35
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 35
  9. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 35
  10. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 34
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 34
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 33
  13. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 33
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 33
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 33
  16. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 31
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 25
  18. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 24
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 24
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 17
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 5
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 4

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 74
  2. Force India – 71
  3. Williams – 71
  4. Sauber – 70
  5. Manor – 68
  6. Ferrari – 65
  7. Renault – 58
  8. Red Bull – 57
  9. Haas – 52
  10. McLaren – 47
  11. Toro Rosso – 9

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP Preview

After 20 races, the championship will be decided at the final round in Abu Dhabi. The race at the Yas Marina Circuit will see Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head-to-head for the 2016 title.

Rosberg is the driver with the advantage holding a 12 point lead over team-mate Hamilton. This means that reigning champion Hamilton must finish in the top three to win the championship, but even at that it will still be in Rosberg’s hands. If Hamilton wins the race Rosberg must be third to be champion. If Hamilton is second then Rosberg can finish any position down to 6th and if Hamilton is third then Rosberg can finish no lower than eighth.

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.554km
Number of Corners: 21
Lap Record: 1:40.279 Sebastian Vettel (2009)
Previous Brazil winners still on the grid: 4
Most Successful Team: Red Bull (3)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Supersoft, and Ultrasoft

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a day to night race which starts at twilight and ends under the lights. It is a circuit which features a mix of long straights, heavy braking zones, and fast and slow corners. The three sectors are very distinct and overtaking is possible. There are two DRS zones and grip levels are medium. Track temperatures drop during the race due to conditions going from day to night.

Rosberg won the race in 2015 but suffered heartbreak in 2014 when his car suffered mechanical issues when he was fighting for the championship. Hamilton has won the race in 2011 and 2014, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen winning the four other runnings of the Abu Dhabi GP.

This weekend will also mark the end of Felipe Massa’s F1 career as he retires. Jenson Button had been set to take a sabbatical, with a possible return to race in 2018, however he has recently said he is treating this weekend like his last Grand Prix. Between them they have entered 558 Grand Prix – Button is the third most experienced F1 driver of all time. They will both be missed in the F1 paddock and will be hoping for a good race to sign off their careers.

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP Tyre Choices

Driver tyre choices for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are as follows:

DRIVER Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
Lewis Hamilton 4 2 7
Nico Rosberg 4 2 7
Sebastian Vettel 5 1 7
Kimi Raikkonen 4 2 7
Valtteri Bottas 4 2 7
Felipe Massa 5 1 7
Daniel Ricciardo 5 2 6
Max Verstappen 5 2 6
Kevin Magnussen 5 2 6
Jolyon Palmer 4 3 6
Nico Hulkenberg 3 2 8
Sergio Perez 3 3 7
Daniil Kvyat 4 2 7
Carlos Sainz 4 2 7
Fernando Alonso 5 1 7
Jenson Button 5 1 7
Marcus Ericsson 3 4 6
Felipe Nasr 3 4 6
Pascal Wehrlein 4 3 6
Esteban Ocon 4 3 6
Romain Grosjean 4 2 7
Esteban Gutierrez 3 3 7

Lewis Hamilton takes victory in rain disrupted Brazilian Grand Prix

Two red flags and several safety cars disrupted the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, but they didn’t prevent Lewis Hamilton taking his ninth win of the season. His first victory in Brazil couldn’t have come at a better time as he prevented Nico Rosberg from wrapping up the championship.

Treacherous conditions greeted teams and drivers on Sunday and the FIA took the decision to start the race behind the safety car. Romain Grosjean became the first driver to get caught out by aquaplaning as he spun on his reconnaissance lap on the way to the grid. The race start was also delayed by ten minutes.

The race eventually concluded three hours after it started with Hamilton crossing the line 11 seconds clear of Rosberg. Max Verstappen was driver of the day as he recovered from a late spin to climb back up the order to third. Sergio Perez was fourth ahead of another spinner Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz was sixth with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo seventh and eighth.

Local driver Felipe Nasr started last on the grid but finished in ninth place ahead of Fernando Alonso in tenth. Alonso was another driver who spun during the race but recovered to score a point.

Valtteri Bottas was 11th ahead of Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein. Jenson Button struggled throughout the race with the handling of his McLaren and was the last of 16th classified finishers.

Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, and Marcus Ericsson joined Grosjean on the sidelines after getting caught out by the conditions – their cars being sent into spins by aquaplaning and into the barrier. Jolyon Palmer cited poor visibility for his race ending accident when he made contact with Kvyat who continued. Esteban Gutierrez retired with car problems.

It was a disappointing end to his last Grand Prix for Massa who retired during the race. He was clearly emotional as he climbed out of his car after hitting the barrier, raising the Brazilian flag above his head. There were extraordinary scenes in the pit-lane as Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams congregated outside their garages to give him a guard of honour while the race was still happening. Massa was greeted by his family as he walked down the pit-lane. He later described the moment as overwhelming but said the reaction from the fans made him proud.

The championship will conclude in Abu Dhabi.