After wins in Mexico and
Brazil, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg continued on his winning streak with a win the Yas
Marina circuit on November 29, 2015 to secure a hat-trick of victories for the
first time in his career. Nico thus recorded six wins in 2015 and 14 in Formula
One to date
Lewis Hamilton, the champion
of the season had to be content with the second slot. He was 8.2s behind his
team mate to secure the Silver Arrows a 12th one-two finish of the year,
breaking the single-season record of 11 they set last year. They also broke the
single-season points record they set last year by two, despite the fact that
double points weren’t on offer like they were in 2014’s finale.
Rosberg incidentally is only
the second driver to win from pole in Abu Dhabi, the 30-year-old having
recorded his sixth successive P1 start on Saturday. If he scores pole at the
first two races next season he’ll equal Ayrton Senna’s all-time record of eight
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen came
in for a third podium finish of the season, and along with it the points he
needed to overhaul countryman Valtteri Bottas for fourth in the drivers’
standings. That’s the Finn’s highest championship finish since 2012 when he was
For Sahara Force India, it was
good news as Sergio Perez cemented his best ever championship finish of ninth
with a fine drive to fifth place - the seventh time in the final nine races
that the Mexican has scored points.
Elsewhere, Daniel Ricciardo
finished four places ahead of team mate Daniil Kvyat in sixth, but it wasn’t
enough for the Australian to displace the Russian in the final standings, the
duo finishing the year in P7 and P8, separated by just three points.
It was a dismal year for
McLaren Honda with 16 points and for Fernando Alonso it was even worse as he
was out-scored by team mate Jenson Button. Romain Grosjean capped his final
race for Lotus with ninth place.
This is the perfect ending to
the season for me - something I hoped for so much after a tough year. To finish
with six poles and three wins in a row is awesome. I am so happy that I found
some performance at the end of the season. I also made my peace with this track
after the toughest moment of my career here last year, which is a nice feeling.
Today was really a perfect race. The start, the pit stops and the tyre
management were all really good and I felt like I had it all under control.
Thanks so much to my team for this amazing Silver Arrow - everyone at the factories
and the track has done such an incredible job all year. I would love to start
the 2016 season tomorrow - but I know that´s not possible. It’s strange, I'm
enjoying the moment so much - but I'm thinking already very much of next year
what I could change and where I can improve. We will all now have a
well-deserved break with our families and I look forward to spending some more
time with my wife and my little daughter,” Nico Rosberg said in a press
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