Nico Rosberg claims F1 World Champion crown

A day that began with the GP2 and GP3 Series titles being decided ended with first-time championship glory for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and a sell-out concert featuring pop superstar Rihanna.

Germany’s Nico Rosberg is the new FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion after picking up the points he needed to claim his maiden crown on a pulsating day of motorsport action at Yas Marina Circuit.

A tense and action-packed 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ended with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton storming to the chequered flag from pole position.

The 31-year-old German Mercedes driver started in P2, and kept station behind his teammate throughout, before crossing the finish line in second place to then climb onto the podium amid a spectacular fireworks show as winner of the championship for the first time.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Congratulations to Nico on becoming FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion, and a special thanks to all teams and drivers for putting on such a fantastic display of racing for our sell-out crowd to enjoy.

“It has been a wonderful four days of entertainment at Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Island – from the on-track sporting action to the varied activities and entertainment in our Oasis areas, on the Island, to the unforgettable After-Race concerts.

“We set the bar higher each year and this year, Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit have once again proved that we can put on a show that rivals any sporting and entertainment event...Read more...