GPI 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix | Page 2

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON 2016.21 Nico Rosberg is the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion! He was crowned on a hot November night at the five star Yas Marina Circuit after one of the most enthralling (and nail-biting) duels in the history of the sport, as his Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton pulled out all the stops and some cunning tricks to try and destabilise Rosberg, who needed only to finish on the podium to win the title. But he found himself expertly backed up into the path of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen late in the race, apparently defying the Mercedes team’s rules of engagement. The Silver Arrows driver, hunting his first F1 title, weathered everything that Hamilton could throw at him. His crew even suggested that he allow Vettel past with the finish line in sight - third would be good enough was their logic. But Rosberg hung in there rising to the occasion and in the end finishing second to his nemesis, but it was enough... he was champion like his father Keke in 1982. His demeanour and attitude, laced with humility earned him respect on the night as he proved to be a worthy and deserved champion. PUBLISHER • PEEVEE MEDIA EDITOR • PAUL VELASCO CONTRIBUTORS • GRAND PRIX 247 • LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC • GETTY IMAGES • HOCH ZWEI • REUTERS • F1 TEAMS & FIA MEDIA CONTACT • [email protected]