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Lewis Hamilton won the race but lost his title
02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:36
Deliberately slowing the pace, hoping Rosberg would be overtaken by the Red Bulls or Ferraris, was the Englishman's only chance of winning the championship. Hamilton's title defence had looked in tatters early on as Rosberg swept to victory in all of the first four races, but it was Hamilton who finished strongly, winning the final four races.
Nico Rosberg has paid tribute to his family for assisting him in achieving his dream of becoming Formula 1 World Champion by posting an intimate childhood video of him karting. But as a smart and competitive racer, Rosberg maximized his efforts on Hamilton's technical issues, particularly sorting out his GP and making his consistency swift enough to end up second in the race.
Hamilton qualified on pole and led into the first corner as he bid to overturn a 12-point deficit to bitter rival and team-mate Rosberg in Sunday's season finale.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted he was in two minds about Hamilton's strategy, as the three-time world champion ignored a team order to pick up the pace.
"I don't think I did anything risky, I don't feel I did anything unfair", he told reports.
"At the same time you can also understand Lewis, because it's the World Championship, and we're out there fighting, we're drivers, and you can understand that he wants to try something. That is the rules".
The Austrian said he would sleep on the controversy but he also wondered whether there might be a case for giving the drivers more freedom to race rather than seeking to control them.
"And then I went and won the next seven races on the trot, so for sure it was a big moment for me and one of the key moments for being here today (Sunday)", added the German.
"If I had dropped behind those guys it was over", Rosberg said.
"Nico drove well not to make a mistake", Hamilton said.
"It was pretty chilled at the end", he insisted. You have to win your first race, you have to win Monaco, and you have to win the championship.
Hamilton may face internal disciplining from his Mercedes paymasters, but Verstappen believes he'd have done the same with a world championship at stake. "And however, they still felt they needed to make comments". "We will discuss it afterwards as we all do".
"Congratulations to Nico, he has driven a great season this year. It's a shame that they wouldn't but it's quite clear their thought process and yeah I mean I don't really have much to say", Hamilton said, as qouted by F1's official website.
"Obviously, we had a lot of problems this year, and that's inevitably why I'm in this position but I'm still grateful for all the success and the ups and downs we had as a team".