Nico Rosberg’s first Formula One championship was a classic victory for the diligent, dogged competitor over a more gifted opponent. It was the triumph of the retriever over the greyhound, the tortoise over the hare.
Nico Rosberg has won his maiden Formula One world championship. Needing to finish in the top three in Sunday’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi he was second to his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton snared pole for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but there was still a glint of destiny in the eyes of Nico Rosberg. Hamilton’s celebrations were more subdued than normal. Rosberg is the overwhelming championship favourite – the German needs to finish in the top three to secure his first title, as he has a lead of 12 points going into the last race of the year.
Lewis Hamilton arrived on the back foot in China following successive victories for Nico Rosberg in Australia and Bahrain.
The destination of the 2016 Formula One world championship has already been decided in the uncompromising mind of Lewis Hamilton. The final, title-deciding race of the season here on Sunday, which has brought an international media circus to this gaudy oasis in the desert of the United Arab Emirates, is but a backdrop to his remarkable self-belief.
Lewis Hamilton is still smarting at the decision by Mercedes to switch the mechanics working on his and team-mate Nico Rosberg’s cars at the start of this season – but, as he prepares for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last race of the season that will decide which of them win the world title, he said that he will not make his true feelings felt for a while.
There was a valedictory atmosphere at the Yas Marina Circuit on Thursday, as Jenson Button and Felipe Massa prepared for their last outings in Formula One. Instead of being overcome with sentiment both drivers looked forward to a brave new world in the sport, one not dominated by a single team, which has been the case with Mercedes this year.
Would points systems from years gone by favour Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg more than the 2014 rules?
Nico Rosberg made it five straight wins in Formula One when he took the fluttering flag in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. He may ponder, with a winsome smile, that he is unbeaten in six months, since Lewis Hamilton won in Austin in October to take his third world championship.
Victory will be Lewis Hamilton's only objective at this weekend's British Grand Prix.
A tongue-in-cheek look at some strange and less-reported stories from the world of F1 and motorsport that have popped up in the past few weeks.
When the Greek philosopher Diogenes was discovered begging for money from a statue he explained to bewildered onlookers that he was “practicing disappointment”.
The retirement of Susie Wolff will bring a smug “told you so” smile to the chauvinists in the Formula One paddock, where she badly wanted to be a star with Williams. Sexism abounds in racing, where rather too many people will tell you women make better pit girls than drivers.
The success or failure of the 2016 Formula One season as a sporting spectacle is in the hands of a quietly spoken Cambridge graduate with a private passion for flying an 80-year-old Auster aircraft over the English countryside.
Max Verstappen, who appears to have derived his driving technique from watching Ben-Hur, has certainly divided opinion in Formula One. The 18-year-old is either Mad Max or the most exciting new talent the sport has seen since Ayrton Senna burst on the scene in the mid-1980s.
Following the engine failure that cost him victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix, an understandably frustrated Lewis Hamilton suggested that “somebody, or someone, doesn’t want me to win this year”.
Victoria should ditch the embattled Australian Formula One Grand Prix and give it to New South Wales, the Victorian Greens have said, with the event held in March costing taxpayers $61m.
Mercedes have decided not to take action against Lewis Hamilton after the controversial end to the Formula One season.
For a driver who strove with such fierce diligence to win the world championship Nico Rosberg has given up its fruits very quickly; champion on Sunday, retired on Friday, he was not even a six-day wonder.
Professional athletes lead a crazily short and often lucrative working life, over within a decade or so of its beginning, wreathed in success or disappointment. Memories of glory, often embellished, are revived in middle age for nostalgia or for reheating in ill-advised comebacks.