A new year of rivalry between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton came to an end. This time the Formula 1 title remained for the German, who achieved his first title in the specialty and equaled his father Keke, champion in 1982.
Rosberg started the season strong and had a 43-point lead over his Mercedes teammate. Hamilton recovered and went to the front with 19 units of distance, but the German returned to be in front and arrives at the final test leading by 12 points. Here is the chronology of the duel during 2016:
GRAND PRIZE OF AUSTRALIA: Optimal start to the season for Rosberg, the world runner-up. The German wins ahead of Hamilton and leads the standings with 25 points compared to 18 for the British.
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE: Another win for Rosberg, while Hamilton is third. The German leads 50 to 33 in the championship.
CHINA GRAND PRIZE: Third victory for Rosberg and the advantage over Hamilton continues to grow, who after a crash ends seventh. The advantage is 75 to 39.
RUSSIA GRAND PRIZE: A 1-2 from Mercedes, again with Rosberg in front. 100-57.
GREAT PRIZE OF SPAIN: Black race for the Silver Arrows, who must abandon after crashing in the first lap. The win belongs to Max Verstappen and the tournament continues 100-57.
MONACO GRAND PRIZE: Stumble for Rosberg at his place of residence. The German is seventh and Hamilton achieves his first win of 2016. 106-82.
CANADA GRAND PRIZE: New victory for Hamilton, who continues to make up ground. Rosberg is only fifth. 116-107.
GRAND PRIZE OF AZERBAIJAN: Rosberg returns to first place and Hamilton is fifth. 141-117.
GRAND PRIZE OF AUSTRIA: After a crash on the final lap, Rosberg finished fourth. Hamilton wins the race and cuts the gap. 153-142.
GREAT BRITAIN GRAND PRIZE: Triumph at the home of Hamilton and Rosberg third. The German's advantage is reduced to just one point: 168-167.
HUNGARY GRAND PRIZE: Hamilton seizes the top of the championship for the first time with his victory ahead of Rosberg. 192-186 in favor of the British.
GERMANY GRAND PRIZE: Hamilton wins on Rosberg's ground and extends his lead over the German, who finishes fourth. 217-198.
GREAT PRIZE OF BELGIUM: After the break of the boreal summer, Rosberg returns to the path of the triumph. Hamilton is third, although he continues to lead 232-223.
GRAND PRIZE OF ITALY: Rosberg wins again and Hamilton escorts him. The British lead is two points: 250-248.
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIZE: Rosberg regains the championship lead with his win. Hamilton is third and the classification is 273-265 in favor of the German.
MALAYSIA GRAND PRIZE: Neither Mercedes win, but Rosberg extends his lead with third place thanks to Hamilton's retirement due to engine problems. 288-265.
JAPAN GRAND PRIZE: Rosberg's ninth win of the season, while Hamilton is third. 313-280.
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIZE: Hamilton achieves his first win since the end of July and Rosberg is second. 331-305.
GREAT PRIZE OF MEXICO: Another victory for Hamilton followed by Rosberg. 349-330.
BRAZIL GRAND PRIZE: 1-2 is repeated for the third race in a row. Despite the victory, Hamilton is still behind before the last test. 367-355.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIZE: Hamilton achieved his fourth consecutive victory, but could not avoid the consecration of Rosberg, who completed the double of Mercedes. The final table was 385 points for the German and 380 for the English.
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