German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg was crowned F1 world champion after surviving a frantic finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Mercedes' celebrations over Nico Rosberg's first world title have been overshadowed by "anarchy" between the world champion and Lewis Hamilton.
Briton Hamilton ignored Mercedes' orders not to back Rosberg into rivals during the latter part of the race, but neither Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel nor Red Bull's Max Verstappen could force their way past.
The season's stats How Rosberg and Hamilton matched up in 2016 Rosberg may have had the better of the reliability this season, leading some to say he does not deserve his title, but it has not always been that way Longest wait for an F1 title: Mr Rosberg slots nicely into second here: with a 10-year wait over 206 races.
Otherwise, Rosberg did not want to comment on the episode, but Ferrari's Vettel said the moves played by Hamilton were "not very fair". There were only two drivers competing for the world championship, it was totally obvious that he was going to do that. I think you don't win the Championship by luck, and it is a sign of respect to give him this. I think it's a pity we are talking about this. "Austin was a disgusting experience for me and I really spent two days just on my own thinking and I said I didn't ever want to experience that again", he confessed.
With Hamilton determined to get ahead of Rosberg again, new rules, faster cars and unrest about the sport's structure, Formula One's future may take many twists next season. I'm very, very proud to have done the feat that my dad achieved.
Sunderland sink Leicester as champions slip nearer drop zone
Sunderland's revival continued with a 2-1 home win over Leicester thanks to a Robert Huth own goal and a Jermain Defoe effort. The Black Cats made a blistering start but failed to find a way through and appeared to tire as half-time approached.
"It was an unfortunate tap at the start which caused the spin, it was just a racing incident though and these things happen".
"I had a rule when I came to Formula One".
"I think it was an important race for us today: in the final laps, I would have liked to gain two more positions, because the speed was there; but it was hard to make the move because the auto in front also benefited from a tow." said Vettel "Nevertheless as a team we deserve this podium, and I hope it gives some momentum to all of us".
And driver Carlos Sainz added: "I would have done it, too".
He joined the Mercedes team in 2010 and has played a fundamental role in the development of the team and this dominant vehicle. Congratulations to Nico, he has driven a great season. He pushed flatout from turn 21 all the way through the first sector and halfway through the second sector and that is where you overtake so I was never getting close enough.
"I was hoping he [Vettel] would close up but his tyres were going off towards the end and Nico drove well to not make mistakes". I didn't see that he did anything wrong.