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.
Fernando Alonso, returning to the track where his crash in testing three months ago led to speculation his career may be over, has thanked hospital staff for the treatment he received.
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.
Leading Formula One drivers have been left angry and frustrated that their plea for reform has been dismissed by those in charge.
John Booth, the former team principal at Manor and one of the most popular and recognisable figures in Formula One in recent years, is to return to the paddock as director of racing for Toro Rosso.
Monaco could not have been much worse for Max Verstappen, he finished in the wall three times in Monte Carlo, the third, in the race, ending his afternoon.
The former British Grand Prix winner John Watson wants to see radio communications banned in Formula One to end the current confusion.
Ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, we take a look at the top-five F1 talents to emerge from the Land of the Rising Sun.
The Celtic boss also discussed former Wolves coach Stale Solbakken.
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.