Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

By Tom Sunderland
at Internationaled.org

Published: November 27, 2016

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Nico Rosberg was crowned 2016 Formula One champion on Sunday after a second-place finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix secured top spot in the drivers' standings, where he finished five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton. 

Hamilton kept Rosberg at arm's reach, reneging on team orders to speed up his efforts in an attempt to increase his team-mate's chance of missing out on the top-three finish he needed to secure the title—but to no avail.

It was a long and tense end to the season for Rosberg, but he eventually showed his excitement at a maiden Formula One championship, per Mercedes AMG's official Twitter account:



Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third and fourth, respectively, despite their best efforts to stop Rosberg clinching his maiden world championship 34 years after his father, Keke, pulled off the same feat.

It was a dour day for Jenson Button of McLaren, however, after he was forced into retirement earlier than hoped following a suspension failure just 13 laps into his Abu Dhabi outing.

Here's a look at the final classification from the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, provided courtesy of Formula One's official Twitter account:



And here's how the final drivers' standings look at the end of the 2016 campaign:



      

Recap Both Hamilton and Rosberg got off to solid starts on Sunday as Kimi Raikkonen took his place behind the front-runners, but a spin from Verstappen added some early drama to events.

The Dutchman can always be relied upon to bring a bit of spice to proceedings, and Formula One writer Chris Medland saw the development as a positive in terms of the competition it brought to the fore:



The Red Bull starlet went about reviving his race from way back in 22nd and was making good progress, too, making his way up to 13th...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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