- Formula One
- December 04, 2016
Sebastian Vettel has lived through a number of false dawns at Ferrari but bright sunshine bathed the team’s garage after the German’s Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday
Rio Olympic Games, Portugal’s triumph at Euro 2016, Leicester City’s fairytale English Premier League victory, the changing of the guard in tennis with Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber both rising to World Number 1, Chris Froome claiming his third Tour de France title, first time champions at all four golf majors, and Nico Rosberg winning the Formula One World Championship are the major international sports highlights in 2016.
Rosberg’s skill behind the wheel of the all-conquering Mercedes Silver Arrow was undoubted. But he also went to a Japanese Zen master in Kyoto to hone his powers of meditation.
Rosberg now becomes the first champion to walk away without defending the title since Frenchman Alain Prost in 1993
Rosberg has been at Mercedes since 2010, first as team mate to compatriot and seven-times world champion Schumacher and then, from 2013, Hamilton
Nico Rosberg, his country’s third champion after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, held his nerve but the tears flowed afterwards
Hamilton’s grandfather immigrated to Britain from the Caribbean and has broken down racial barriers to become the first Briton to win four F1 titles
Hamilton, who won his third title at the circuit last year after a Rosberg error gifted him the race win, shook hands with his team mate as they waited to go on the podium
Hamilton, who entered the race trailing Rosberg by eight points, had been on course for a 50th career win
Ferrari head into summer break, past halfway stage of 21-race season, still without a win and having dropped to 3rd in constructors’ championship standings