Rosberg ends season on a hat trick high

Source:Agencies Published: 2015-11-29 23:53:01

Nico Rosberg ended his 2015 season in triumph on Sunday when he completed a hat trick of victories in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The 30-year-old German, who has produced remarkable dominant form since seeing Hamilton secure his third ­drivers' title at last month's US Grand Prix, made a perfect start from his sixth successive pole position and, pit stops apart, was in control all the way.

Rosberg was celebrating his sixth win of the year and the 14th of his career. It was his first success at the Yas Marina circuit where Hamilton beat him in 2014 to take his second title.

The German's third win in a row, from a sixth successive pole position, dashed Hamilton's hopes of a 44th career victory in car 44 on the 44th ­anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates.

Hamilton won 10 races this year, but on Sunday was unable to rediscover the form that carried him to the championship despite pushing hard through the middle and latter stages of the race.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished third ahead of his Ferrari teammate, four-time former champion Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez of Force India.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth for Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the second Force India, Felipe Massa of Williams, Romain Grosjean who marked his last race for Lotus with a surge to ninth and Daniil Kvyat in the second Red Bull.

The race was preceded by an announcement from the stewards that cleared Ferrari and the American Haas team, which is set to join the grid next year, of any wrong-doing in their joint use of the Ferrari wind tunnel to prepare cars.

But the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA), made clear that such a relationship - and any kind of collusion on aerodynamic testing - will not be permitted in future.

This announcement clarified the issues and closed a possible loophole, leaving the paddock to focus on the final contest in perfect sunset conditions with a track temperature of 29 C and the two Mercedes together again on the front row.

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