Abu Dhabi GP talking points: Nico Rosberg’s championship, Force India’s rise and farewells

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates on the podium after winning the 2016 world championship during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Nico Rosberg has done it. Despite being pitted against a teammate as talented as Lewis Hamilton, despite all the pressure and skeptics, he has managed to get the job done. Rosberg finished second and won his maiden World Champion title in Abu Dhabi, bringing an end to a hard fought battle between the duo all season.

For most, Nico Rosberg is an unlikely champion. He doesn’t necessarily have the raw pace of say a Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel on track, nor does he exude Hamilton’s rockstar-like vibe. Instead, Rosberg has been consistent and focused, delivering performance after performance every race weekend. In fact, here’s a telling statistic – Rosberg has been on the podium 16 times this season, and failed to score points only once (when the Mercedes drivers collided in Spain.)

Nico Rosberg and his father, Keke Rosberg have now become the second father-son duo to be world champions after Graham and Damon Hill. He’s an eerie coincidence – Graham won in 1962, while Damon won in 1996 (a difference of 34 years). Similarly, Keke won in 1982, while Nico has won in 2016. Another strange coincidence – both Keke and Nico won their championships by five points.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton won the battle, but lost the war – his P1 finish at Yas Marina was simply not enough. Hamilton has been in the form of his life, fighting back and wining the last four races of the season on the trot.

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