Nico Rosberg has become a Formula One world champion – and he did it in the sport’s longest-ever season.
Nico Rosberg’s Route to F1Rosberg opened the gruelling, 21-race campaign with four wins on the trot. That gave him a healthy lead over Lewis Hamilton but it was clear his team mate still represented a formidable championship threat. Once Hamilton got into his stride a spell of poorer results for Rosberg saw the championship lead change hands.
But a trio of wins in Belgium, Italy and Singapore after the summer break returned Rosberg to the top of the standings. Setbacks for Hamilton in Malaysia and Japan put the title within Rosberg’s grasp with four races remaining.
Hamilton put up a strong fight over the final rounds, winning all four of them, but a string of second places for Rosberg secured the title.
Here’s how Rosberg clinched the crown.
Rosberg’s points lead
Rosberg and Hamilton’s seasons
|Race||Rosberg notes||Rosberg result||Rosberg’s lead||Hamilton result||Hamilton notes|
|Australia||Won after passing Hamilton at the start||1st||7||2nd||Fell from pole to sixth on lap one|
|Bahrain||Won after passing Hamilton at the start||1st||17||3rd||Fell from pole to seventh on lap one after being passed by Rosberg and hit by Bottas|
|China||Won from pole||1st||36||7th||Power unit problem in qualifying left him last on the grid|
|Russia||Won from pole||1st||43||2nd||Power unit problem in qualifying left him tenth on the grid|
|Spain||Both drivers collided on lap one||DNF||43||DNF||Both drivers collided on lap one|
|Monaco||Let Hamilton past while struggling in the rain||7th||24||1st||Power unit problem in qualifying limited his runs in Q3. A slow pit stop for Riccairdo handed him the lead.|
|Canada||Fell from second to tenth at turn one fighting Hamilton||5th||9||1st||Won from pole|
|Europe||Needed to make same setting change as Hamilton but did so more quickly.||1st||24||5th||Crashed in Q3, spent part of race in wrong engine mode as team were not allowed to tell him how to change it.|
|Austria||Started sixth after gearbox penalty. A brake problem late in the race allowed Hamilton to attack and Rosberg was penalised for their collision.||4th||11||1st||A slow pit stop cost him the lead to Rosberg but a last-lap pass regained the win|
|Great Britain||Passed by Verstappen in wet conditions. Retook the position but was penalised for receiving assistance on the radio.||3rd||1||1st||Won from pole|
|Hungary||Took a controversial pole but was passed by Hamilton at the start.||2nd||-6||1st||Won after passing Rosberg at the start|
|Germany||Was passed by the Red Bulls at the start and penalised for his move when re-passing Verstappen||4th||-19||1st||Won after passing Rosberg at the start|
|Belgium||Won from pole||1st||-9||3rd||Started last after taking a grid penalty for power unit component changes|
|Italy||Won after passing Hamilton at the start||1st||-2||2nd||Fell from pole to sixth on lap one|
|Singapore||Won from pole||1st||8||3rd||Qualified and finished behind Rosberg anf Ricciardo|
|Malaysia||Fell to 17th on lap one after being hit by Vettel||3rd||23||DNF||Suffered engine failure while leading from pole|
|Japan||Won from pole||1st||33||3rd||Fell from pole to eighth on lap one|
|United States||Passed by Ricciardo at the start but retook the place thanks to a Virtual Safety Car period||2nd||26||1st||Won from pole|
|Mexico||His second place briefly came under attack from Verstappen||2nd||19||1st||Won from pole|
|Brazil||Lost second to Verstappen in the rain but the Red Bull driver’s strategy cost him the place||2nd||12||1st||Won from pole|
|Abu Dhabi||Withstood pressure while being held up by Hamilton||2nd||5||1st||Won from pole|
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