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Nico Rosberg Retires from Formula 1: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from Formula One just days after winning his first world championship title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver's decision was confirmed by BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: Rosberg, 31, released a statement on his Facebook page in which he said he felt it was the right time to retire having "climbed my mountain": The German sealed the 2016 title at the weekend as he beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton by five points despite coming second to the Englishman at the season-ending race. Rosberg won nine of the season's 21 grands prix and held off a late surge from three-time champion Hamilton to claim the title after four consecutive second-place race finishes. Per BBC 5 live Sport's Jack Nicholl...

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Monster Energy Reportedly Replacing Sprint as NASCAR’s Premier Series Sponsor

Monster Energy is set to replace Sprint as the main sponsor for NASCAR's top series, Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com reported Thursday. The Sprint Cup Series has featured the best drivers in the sport, with Jimmie Johnson winning his seventh career title in November. It has also been known as the Nextel Cup Series and Winston Cup Series in the past. Sprint first became the sponsor after its 2005 merger with Nextel, which signed a 10-year agreement with NASCAR in 2004. The name officially changed to the Sprint Cup Series in 2008. While the company signed an extension in 2011, it announced two years ago it would not continue the partnership past 2016. "Sprint has long benefitted from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NAS...

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Lewis Hamilton Does Not Deserve Criticism, Punishment for Ignoring Team Orders

There was plenty of handwringing and questioning after Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix about whether Lewis Hamilton's tactics were on the up-and-up. In a last-ditch effort to swipe the Formula One title from Nico Rosberg, his Mercedes team-mate, Hamilton drove as slowly as he could, attempting to push Rosberg back into the clutches of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. Hamilton needed a victory coupled with Rosberg finishing off the podium if he was going to grab the championship, but Rosberg held on to second place despite the Brit's ploy. After the race, Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff was clearly not pleased that Hamilton had repeatedly ignored team orders to pick up the pace. He said the team would review the situation and might ...

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016: Winners and Losers from Yas Marina Race

Nico Rosberg secured the 2016 Formula One world championship in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. Nursing a 12-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton ahead of the final race, Rosberg knew a 16th podium finish of the season would be enough to secure his first world title. The German started and finished second in a tense race under the lights, beating Hamilton—who won the race from pole position, claiming his 10th victory of the year—to the title by five points and following in the footsteps of his father, 1982 world champion Keke. Joining the Mercedes drivers on the podium was Sebastian Vettel, who ended a difficult second season with Ferrari on a high by finishing third. With a look at McL...

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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Nico Rosberg was crowned 2016 Formula One champion on Sunday after a second-place finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix secured top spot in the drivers' standings, where he finished five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton.  Hamilton kept Rosberg at arm's reach, reneging on team orders to speed up his efforts in an attempt to increase his team-mate's chance of missing out on the top-three finish he needed to secure the title—but to no avail. It was a long and tense end to the season for Rosberg, but he eventually showed his excitement at a maiden Formula One championship, per Mercedes AMG's official Twitter account: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third and fourth, respectively, despite their ...

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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016 Qualifying: Saturday’s Results, Times, Final Grid

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton laid down the gauntlet to title rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg on Saturday, as he secured pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with an excellent qualifying performance.The two rivals are set to battle it out for the world title in Sunday's Formula One season finale. It's a tussle Hamilton boosted his chances in after posting a time of one minute, 38.755 seconds to finish quickest; Rosberg will begin alongside the champion on the front row, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will be in third.Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had earlier topped final practice ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.The qualifying session sets things up wonderfully for a key race. Rosberg will win the world...

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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

The Formula One drivers championship is still officially up for grabs at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this Sunday. Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are still vying for the title, with the former holding a commanding 12-point lead. However, Hamilton has already made it clear Rosberg won't have things all his own way on the Yas Marina Circuit. The Englishman has so far paced his team-mate and professional rival in both practice sessions, per the F1 official site. Other news from the event concerns Jenson Button's imminent retirement. The McLaren-Honda man will call it quits after the season's final race, according to BBC Sport. Here are the schedule details and viewing information for this decisive race:   Date: Sunday, Nove...

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4 Things Zak Brown Must Do to Take McLaren-Honda Back to the Top of Formula 1

Formula One's loss is McLaren-Honda's gain. After announcing his resignation as chief executive officer of CSM Sport and Entertainment in September, leading motorsport business figure Zak Brown seemed almost certain to help shape the future of F1 under proposed new owners Liberty Media. Having shared his impressive vision for the sport in a four-part interview with F1 journalist Peter Windsor, many felt the American would slot seamlessly into a top commercial job at the moment Liberty managed to do the impossible and rid itself of Bernie Ecclestone, the paddock's deeply entrenched chief executive. And then something even more unimaginable happened. McLaren's ousting of legendary chairman Ron Dennis created a vacancy at one of the sport's la...

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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2016 Qualifying: Results, Times from Friday’s Practice

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton made a strong early statement in the Formula One world championship battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg, finishing fastest in both practice sessions on Friday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  After topping the standings in FP1, Hamilton had a slender edge on the ultrasoft compound in the afternoon, too. His time of one minute, 40.861 seconds put him just ahead of Rosberg. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel showed his class with a strong lap, finishing FP2 in third, but his session ended early due to what's believed to be a gearbox problem. In the morning, Hamilton posted a time of 1:42.869 on soft tyres to come home ahead of Rosberg, who was more than three-tenths slower. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was the best of the...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and More

So, who will become the 2016 Formula One world champion at this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Will it be Nico Rosberg, the son of a title-winner, who has led the standings for much of the year and enters the race with a healthy 12-point lead? Or will it be Lewis Hamilton, who already has three titles in the bag and has made a habit of bouncing back from disappointments throughout his F1 career? Both men have met ahead of the final round at the Yas Marina Circuit, with the Mercedes drivers offering an insight into their respective mindsets and tactics. Jenson Button's state of mind is perfectly clear after announcing he will take a sabbatical from F1 at the end of 2016. Most people are not expecting Button to return in 2018, ...

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