Rosberg foils Hamilton to claim maiden title
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.” –