Nico Rosberg won his Maiden Formula one world title by securing second place behind Mercedes Arch-rival Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 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 and ultimate race winner Hamilton had slowed the field to create a difficult finish. Reigning Champion Hamilton ignored team orders in a last bid to block his German Teammate. But Rosberg, who started the 21st and final race of 2016 12 points clear of Hamilton, would not be denied. Rosberg’s second place meant he clinched his first Championship by five points. He emulates his Father Keke who won the title in 1982. Hamilton reeled off his 10th win of the season – the most by any driver not to win the title – and the 53rd of his career, but his Gamesmanship upset his team and his team-mate in the closing laps. Hamilton ignored team orders to speed up as he toyed with the pace, slowing it down in a last ditch bid to try to allow third-placed Sebastian Vettel and fourth-placed Max Verstappen to overtake Rosberg.

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