Ros­berg foils Hamil­ton to claim maiden ti­tle

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

NICO Ros­berg clinched his maiden world ti­tle on Novem­ber 27, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix de­spite Lewis Hamil­ton ig­nor­ing team or­ders in his quest to foil the Ger­man.

The 31-year-old Ros­berg con­cluded the long­est sea­son in the sport’s his­tory with a nail-bit­ing sec­ond place un­der in­tense pres­sure af­ter leader Hamil­ton slowed the field to cre­ate a dif­fi­cult fin­ish.

Hamil­ton even­tu­ally won the race, his 10th of the sea­son and 53rd of his ca­reer, but his games­man­ship up­set his team and his team­mate in the clos­ing laps.

His fi­nal lap was nine sec­onds slower than the lap that car­ried him to pole and was clearly de­signed to push Ros­berg into a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion as Se­bas­tian Vet­tel closed.

Hamil­ton ig­nored two in­struc­tions from the team to in­crease his speed at the front, and was un­able to cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion in which Ros­berg could be at­tacked and passed.

Ros­berg joined an exclusive club by be­com­ing only the sec­ond son of a for­mer cham­pion to take the ti­tle, his fa­ther Keke hav­ing won the cham­pi­onship 34 years ago with the Wil­liams team.

Ros­berg also be­came Ger­many’s third cham­pion.

Ros­berg cel­e­brated by giv­ing F1 supremo Bernie Ec­cle­stone a mas­sive bear hug, lift­ing the diminu­tive oc­to­ge­nar­ian high into the air, as Hamil­ton stared glumly at the floor.

Ros­berg, re­liv­ing the fi­nal tense laps, said, “With the guys [Vet­tel and Ver­stap­pen] com­ing up be­hind me the end was not the most en­joy­able.” –

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