The 2106 F1 Grand Prix season came to an end at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Although the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles had already been wrapped up, fans were eager to see how the season would end. In the end it was Nico Rosberg, who won the last race of the season, his third consecutive win and sixth win this season. Team mate Lewis Hamilton came in second, making this an unprecedented 12th 1-2 win for Mercedes, a new F1 record. Third place went to Kimi Raikkonen.
Qualifying was a battle between the two Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Rosberg. Hamilton initially set the fastest lap time in the first round, but Rosberg posted the fastest lap times in the second and third rounds, earning him pole position – his sixth consecutive pole position this season and seventh of the season. He was followed by Hamilton, Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas.
Rosberg took the lead right from pole position. There was a crash right behind Rosberg in the first corner, as Fernando Alonso crashed into Pastor Maldonado – which left him out of the race! Alonso was able to continue the race after pitting and getting a new front wing. By lap 8, Rosberg had a 2.6 second lead over Hamilton and Alonso was handed a drive-through penalty for his collision with Maldonado. Just as that news had settled, Bottas and Button collided in the pit lane and Bottas returned to the race with no front wing! By lap 22, the sun was down and lights came on at the Yas Marina track, Rosberg remained in the lead, with Hamilton right on his tail – followed by Raikkonen, Perez, Ricciardo and Vettel. Lap 32 saw Rosberg pit for the second time, a bit early for a race with 55 laps. This may gave Hamilton the chance to clinch the race. But he didn’t pit until lap 41, a bit too late, and opted for hard tyres, which didn’t give the grip he needed to make up the gap with Rosberg. This decision probably cost Hamilton the chequered flag in the last race of the season. Rosberg took a comfortable win at the Yas Marina circuit.
The Drivers’ Championship standings remained unchanged. Hamilton, who already had the title in his bag, continued to move ahead, with a total of 381 points. Rosberg’s remained in second place with 322 points and Vettel remained in third place with 278 points. Raikkonen’s third place finish moved him up one place to finish the season in fourth place with 150 points. This pushed Bottas down one place, to fifth, with 136 points. Three drivers finish the season with no points: Roberto Merhi, Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi. Kevin Magnussen, who only participated in one race this season, also ends the season with no points.
The Constructors’ Championship title also remained unchanged. Mercedes already had the title in their pockets and their 1-2 win in Abu Dhabi added another 43 points, finishing the season with 703 points. Ferrari finishes the season with 428 points in second place and and Williams-Mercedes in third place with 257 points. Marussia-Ferrari is the only team to finish the season with no points.
Full Race Results
- Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:38:30.175s
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +8.271s
- Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +19.430s
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +43.735s
- Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) +1:03.952s
- Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) +1:05.010s
- Nico Hülkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) +1:33.618s
- Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) +1:37.751s
- Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Mercedes) +1:38.201s
- Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull-Renault) +1:42.371s
- Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso-Renault) +1:43.525s
- Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) +1 lap
- Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) +1 lap
- Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) +1 lap
- Felipe Nasr (Sauber-Ferrari) +1 lap
- Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) +1 lap
- Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Honda) +2 laps
- Will Stevens (Marussia-Ferrari) +2 laps
- Roberto Merhi (Marussia-Ferrari) +3 laps
Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Mercedes) retired, lap 1
Drivers’ Championship Standings
- Lewis Hamilton – 381 points
- Nico Rosberg – 322 points
- Sebastian Vettel – 278 points
- Kimi Raikkonen – 150 points
- Valtteri Bottas – 136 points
Constructors’ Championship Standings
- Mercedes – 703 points
- Ferrari – 428 points
- Williams-Mercedes – 257 points
- Red Bull-Renault – 187 points
- Force India- Mercedes – 136 points