- LAP 55/55 Final Classification: ROS, HAM, RAI, VET, PER, RIC, HUL, MAS, GRO, KVY, SAI, BUT, BOT, ERI, NAS, VES, ALO, STE, MEH
- Rosberg wins third consecutive race
- Vettel finishes fourth after starting 15th
- Maldonado retired
- Rosberg starts on pole for sixth consecutive race
- Grosjean's last race for Lotus, finishes ninth
There was no real wheel-to-wheel racing at the front as Nico Rosberg took his third consecutive win quite comfortably at the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit. Hamilton was close in the middle part of the race, but a strategy change saw him lose out in the final stint. Kimi Raikkonen took a credible third with an impressive drive, while teammate Sebastian Vettel put in one of the drives of the evening to make up 11 places and finish fourth. Sergio Perez rounded out the top five for Force India.
There were, however, a number of battles behind the race leaders between the Williams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Lotus. Ricciardo took sixth place ahead of Hulkenburg, with Massa holding on to eighth place despite Grosjean's last lap effort. Jenson Button enjoyed his racing despite finishing outside the points, he got stuck in whenever an opportunity arose. Romain Grosjean surely gets mention for one of the drives of the evening to get up to ninth place from the penultimate row of the grid.
Mercedes have equalled the most races wins a season, as they completed a dominant 2015 season with a 1-2 finish. The race win will give Rosberg plenty of confidence going into the winter.
Apart from the Mercedes' domination, there has been a few other revelations during the course of the season. The re-emergence of Ferrari following a few difficult seasons. Sebastian Vettel seems to have settled down well with his new team. McLaren-Honda have a long winter ahead of them following a difficult return to the sport. And finally Max Verstappen, the teenage rookie has impressed one and all with his speed and skill in an F1 car. There will a lot expected off him next season following an explosive debut campaign.
The firecrackers go off as the Mercedes finish 1-2 in what was a dominant 2015 season.
Kimi Raikkonen comes in third, and Vettel makes up 11 places to finish fourth. Sergio Perez gets a solid fifth place for Force India.
ROSBERG WINS!!! THREE IN A ROW!!
LAP 54/55 - Grosjean is up to ninth place, as Hamilton backs off. He is seven seconds behind Rosberg.
It will be the first time in his career that Rosberg has won three races on the trot.
LAP 53/55 - 2 LAPS TO GO!!
LAP 53/55 - Grosjean goes past Sainz and Kvyat is now in his sights. A great final drive by the Frenchman for the Lotus F1 Team after starting on the penultimate row.
LAP 51/55 - Grosjean is also catching Kvyat and Sainz in ninth and tenth. The Frenchman is on the quicker super soft tyres
LAP 50/55 - Riccardo has not given up on catching Perez, Sainz looks good for ninth place as Kvyat struggles with power issues.
LAP 49/55 - Verstappen is handed a five second time penalty for a proper racing incident with Button. He was penalised for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
LAP 49/55 - Rosberg is now matching Hamilton's pace, as the gap remains the same.
LAP 48/55 - Seven laps to go and Hamilton is 7.7 secs behind. Raikkonen is 9.5 secs behind the Briton.
Massa goes past Kvyat for eighth place.
LAP 47/55 - Jenson Button is enjoying his race today, getting stuck in whenever an opportunity arose.
Hamilton takes 1.7 secs out of Rosberg's time. But that was aided by the German lapping Button.
LAP 46/55 - Vettel retakes fourth place after passing Perez. That was quick, but it remains to be seen if the super soft tyres can last the 15 laps without a major drop-off
LAP 45/55 - Hamilton takes 1.1 seconds off Rosberg in the previous lap. the Briton is giving it his all now.
LAP 44/55 - Vettel now just 1.8 seconds behind Perez, as Grosjean comes in for his final stop and releases Hulkenburg, Kvyat and Massa
LAP 43/55 - Hamilton needs to make up 12 seconds to Rosberg with ten lap fresher tyres. The Briton sets the fastest lap. Tough task
LAP 43/55 - Vettel is 4.2 seconds behind Perez
LAP 42/55 - Hamilton comes out in second place. He has lost a lot of time to Rosberg with his extended stint. The German is now 13 seconds ahead.
Vettel goes past Ricciardo and is now chasing Perez for fourth place.
LAP 40/55 - Vettel comes out in sixth place behind Perez and Ricciardo, as Hamilton asks if it is possible to go to the end of the race on his soft compounds. He is coming in for his final stop this lap.
LAP 40/55 - Vettel is in for his final stop this race. He will have about seven secs to make up to Perez