It was 27th November 2016 when the amethyst skies of Abu Dhabi witnessed the crowning of a new world champion.Securing 2nd place in the final race of the formula 1 season ensured Nico his title as a world champion.
Accumulating a total of 385 points over the span of 21 races of which he finished 1st nine times was enough to help him defeat his teammate and 3 time world champion Lewis Hamilton.The final race began with Lewis at pole position and Nico being second.Securing a finish within the top 3 was necessary for Nico to get the title and that is what he exactly did.
Both the drivers started off the race with the Pirelli ‘Ultra soft'(Purple) set.Lewis was fast to jump to the ‘Super soft'(Yellow) tires by making a pit stop in the 7th lap meanwhile Nico managed to get one more lap out of his super soft’s.
Following a two pit stop strategy,Lewis and Nico made their final pit stops in the 28th and 29th lap respectively.The race had reached a very exciting stage with Lewis first followed by Max Verstappen and the by Nico Rosberg. If Nico were to relegate one more position down he would have lost out on the world champion title.With Lewis controlling the pace of the race he was determined to take things slow so that the other drivers could catch up to Nico. If Nico were to somehow be thrown out of the top 3 that would mean the championship for Lewis.At one point in the race the Mercedes crew asked him to turn up his speed but he blatantly refused to do so.
“I am losing the world championship, I don’t care if l lose the race,” said Hamilton. “I suggest you guys let us race.”
The championship however,was decided when Nico pulled out a risky overtake over the RedBull driver Max Verstappen and thus coming to 2nd position.The lap was now 40 out of 55th with Lewis leading the pack closely followed by Nico. This is when things decided to spice up again.In an attempt to pressurize Nico, Lewis started going slow. Nico was in a dilemma. If he tried to overtake Lewis and crashed in the process he would lose out on the title. However driving slow meant that other drivers would catch up to him. He faced constant therat from Max Verst
appen who was third.It was now the 50th lap and Vettel had moved up a place over Max Verstappen and was looking to push out Nico as well.The battle between the two was won by Nico when he managed to successfully ward him off in the last 2 laps.
Despite the efforts by Lewis to control the race, he could not stop Nico for finishing second and thus winning the title.After the race Nico described that the last few laps really tested his skills but he was glad that he kept cool and pulled it off.
The last race of the season was a perfect nail biter.The 2017 season of f1 promises to be even better with new rules regarding the car chassis and tires thus making the cars even faster.A treat for every f1 fan to watch!