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Hamilton calm about Mercedes 'headmaster' summons

"We were fighting for a championship, I was in the lead, I control the pace, that's the rules".

Also, Hamilton did not forget to congratulate Rosberg about the German's performance this season.

Max Verstappen came in fourth, Daniel Ricciardo followed his Red Bull team-mate in fifth.

Rosberg has been at Mercedes since 2010, first as teammate to compatriot and seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher and then, from 2013, Hamilton. However, with this title win, Rosberg can finally be known as a champion, something which he admits has been a lifelong ambition.

It was a season characterised by dramatic fluctuations in fortunes between the two Mercedes drivers.

"It feels like I have been racing him forever and always he has just managed to edge me out", Rosberg said after clinching the title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. "World champion" on the radio when he crossed the line. The Rosbergs are now only the second father-son combo to win the title since the Hills (Graham and Damon).

"He has the same vehicle as me so in fast corners there was no way for me to get past and then he backed off in the next part where you can't overtake".

His attempt to push Rosberg into the clutches of those behind him, by deliberately slowing the pace in the closing laps to the concern of team bosses, produced a nail-biting finish with the top four separated by just 1.6 seconds.




"Unfortunately our race took a bit of a knock from the start, firstly with Max when he spun round at the first turn dropping him to the back of the field", said Horner. The British driver wanted Rosberg to finish in fourth to beat him to the title.

"Austin was a terrible 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.

Hamilton, meanwhile, misses out on a third straight title despite ending the year with 10 wins, one more than Rosberg.

"That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I've ever had. really not very enjoyable those last laps", said Rosberg in podium interviews conducted by former F1 racer David Coulthard. "It was down to me and Nico today but they still felt they needed to make comments".

Asked if Hamilton would face punishment for Sunday's antics, Wolff replied: "We need to look at the overall situation and ask what does it mean".

"I don't think many people from outside appreciate the effort that went into this", he added.

"I did everything that I could, particularly toward the end and obviously Nico had a very, very clean year without any real issues to be honest and that's why we sit in this position right now". He did a fantastic job, congratulations to him.

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