F1 »

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton tips cap to Rosberg for ‘fantastic job’

Lewis Hamilton has shown his appreciation for Nico Rosberg's achievement to secure a maiden F1 world title and is already looking to strike back in 2017.
Click here for the full Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race results

Lewis Hamilton has shown his appreciation for Nico Rosberg's achievement to secure a maiden F1 world title, taking it off his Mercedes team-mate, and is already looking to strike back in 2017.

The three-time F1 world champion won the race in Abu Dhabi but lost the title battle with his Mecedes team-mate holding on to second place by fending off a charging Sebastian Vettel and both Red Bulls despite Hamilton backing him up into the pack.

Rosberg becomes just the fifth driver in F1 history to take the world drivers' crown off a team-mate – and first since Ayrton Senna lost to Alain Prost in 1989 – and Hamilton has paid respect to the achievement.

“A big congratulations to Nico, of course, his first world championship. Good job,” Hamilton said. “It's an amazing feeling to win the world championship.

“I did everything I could this year especially in the final races. But Nico had a clean year without any real issues to be honest, that's why we sit in these positions. He did a fantastic job so congratulations - and I look forward to fighting with him next year.”

READ: Nico Rosberg clinches the 2016 F1 world title

Hamilton ends 2016 by becoming the driver with the most wins in a single season, 10, without claiming the F1 world title while also notching up the most pole positions with 12 from 21 races.

Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst



by Haydn Cobb


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The Safety car and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 race winner
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 race winner
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
25.06.2017 - Race, 1st place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13, 2nd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.