Ros­berg wins F1 cham­pi­onship

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NICO ROS­BERG won his first For­mula 1 world ti­tle de­spite Lewis Hamil­ton dis­obey­ing Mercedes or­ders not to back his team-mate into ri­vals.

Hamil­ton won the Abu Dhabi GP driv­ing slowly in an at­tempt to bring other driv­ers into the bat­tle, know­ing he needed Ros­berg to fin­ish below third.

Hamil­ton was re­peat­edly told to speed up but told the team: “Let us race.”

Ros­berg came un­der pres­sure from Se­bas­tian Vet­tel but man­aged to hold the Fer­rari driver to fin­ish sec­ond.

“It’s a child­hood dream come true,” Ros­berg said over the ra­dio. “Thank you for ev­ery­thing.”

Af­ter the drama of the race, Hamil­ton con­grat­u­lated Ros­berg on his world cham­pi­onship and the two men em­braced and shook hands on the podium.

Ros­berg said he had not de­cided whether to take the num­ber one on his car as is his right next year or whether to stick with the num­ber six, which he chose as his race num­ber be­cause his fa­ther Keke won the 1982 world ti­tle with it.

The Ros­bergs are only the sec­ond fam­ily in which a fa­ther and son have won the F1 world ti­tle, af­ter Gra­ham and Da­mon Hill.— BBC Sport

Mercedes’ Nico Ros­berg cel­e­brates sec­ond place and win­ning the For­mula One world cham­pi­onship on the podium with Lewis Hamil­ton

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