• Last Updated: Sunday November 27 2016, 17:24 GMT

    Nico Rosberg has been crowned the Formula One world champion after surviving a grandstand finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Nico Rosberg begins the celebrations
    Nico Rosberg begins the celebrations

    Rosberg's title rival Lewis Hamilton arrived for the season finale knowing that a victory alone would not be enough to stop his Mercedes team-mate from winning his first title, and so it proved.

    Hamilton crossed the line ahead of Rosberg to claim his fourth consecutive victory.

    But it is Rosberg, after a hairy exchange with Max Verstappen, a slow first pit stop, and Hamilton backing him into the clutches of the rest of the pack, who has emulated his father Keke - the 1982 title winner - to become the sport's 33rd champion.

    Hamilton needed Rosberg to finish outside of the top three to stand any chance of winning the title, and after both of the Mercedes cars made it through turn one without incident, Hamilton's mind soon became occupied on finding a way for the chasing back to get past his rival.

    Hamilton was told by his Mercedes team to go faster. On one occasion they asked why he was going so slowly. On another, he was ordered to pick up the pace. Paddy Lowe, Mercedes' technical director, then came on at one point to issue a desperate plea for Hamilton to hurry up, but all of the orders were ignored.

    Sebastian Vettel however, failed to find a way around Rosberg as they battled in the closing stages with Max Verstappen one spot further back.

    The top four drivers were covered by just 1.6 seconds as they took the chequered flag.

    Rosberg performed a series of doughnuts in celebration on the pit straight before leaping out of his Mercedes and kissing the nose of his car. He then picked up Bernie Ecclestone, the sport's 86-year-old chief executive, as he waited in the green room ahead of the podium celebrations.

    Speaking from the rostrum, Hamilton said: "I actually feel great. I want to say a big thank you to all of those who came out and supported me. A big congratulations to Nico. His first world championship. Well done, man."

    The title rivals then shared a handshake and an embrace before an emotional Rosberg struggled to hold back tears as he spoke.

    "That was not the most enjoyable race I have ever had," Rosberg, who revealed his parents would soon be joining him for the celebrations, said. "With those guys coming up at the end, it was not great those last laps.

    "I also want to say congrats to Lewis. It is always tough to beat you."

    Hamilton, who started from pole, led Rosberg in the opening phase of the race, but the German soon found himself in third after he fell behind Verstappen at the opening round of pit stops.

    Verstappen, on a different strategy to his rivals after he spun at the opening turn, was holding Rosberg up. Rosberg was told by his Mercedes team he had to get past Verstappen, and the German did so, on the back straight, on lap 20. It was a perfectly executed move.

    When Rosberg enjoyed a trouble-free second pit stop nine laps later, it appeared as though the championship battle was over. But when Hamilton began to slow down in the closing stages, Rosberg was caught initially by Verstappen, and then Vettel, who battled his way past the Red Bull driver, too.

    But despite Rosberg and his team's concerns however, he held off both Vettel and Verstappen to finish in second place to win the title.

    Elsewhere, Jenson Button's grand prix career ended in bitter disappointment after he was forced to retire.

    Button, competing in what he described as ''probably'' his final race as he makes way for Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren next season, lasted only 12 laps before he parked his car.

    The 36-year-old Englishman ran heavily over a kerb at the Yas Marina Circuit which damaged his front suspension.

    Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth for Red Bull with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg in sixth. Felipe Massa ended his final grand prix in ninth.

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Results

    1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1hrs 38mins 04.013secs
    2 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:38:04.452
    3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:38:04.856
    4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:38:05.698
    5 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:38:09.328
    6 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:38:22.829
    7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:38:54.127
    8 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:39:02.789
    9 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:39:03.449
    10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:39:03.909
    11 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:39:20.790
    12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas F1 1:39:38.593
    13 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Manor Racing at 1 Lap
    14 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor Racing at 1 Lap
    15 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari at 1 Lap
    16 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber-Ferrari at 1 Lap
    17 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault at 1 Lap

    Not Classified
    18 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 4 Laps completed
    19 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 14 Laps completed
    20 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 12 Laps completed
    21 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 6 Laps completed
    22 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault 5 Laps completed

    Fastest Lap
    Daniel Ricciardo 1min 43.729secs on Lap 43

    Qualifying: Report & Times
    Free Practice 3: Report & Times
    Free Practice 2: Report & Times
    Free Practice 1: Report & Times

    World Championship Standings

    Drivers:
    1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 385pts
    2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 380
    3 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 256
    4 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 212
    5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 204
    6 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 186
    7 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 101
    8 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 85
    9 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 72
    10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 54
    11 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 53
    12 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 46
    13 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 29
    14 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 25
    15 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 21
    16 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Renault 7
    17 Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber-Ferrari 2
    18 Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 1
    19 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Manor Racing 1
    20 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1
    21 Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Haas F1 0
    22 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 0
    23 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Manor Racing 0
    24 Rio Haryanto (Ina) Manor Racing 0

    Manufacturers:
    1 Mercedes GP 765pts
    2 Red Bull 468
    3 Ferrari 398
    4 Force India 173
    5 Williams 138
    6 McLaren 76
    7 Scuderia Toro Rosso 63
    8 Haas F1 29
    9 Renault 8
    10 Sauber-Ferrari 2
    11 Manor Racing 1

    Formula One: 2016 Results

    • Click on each race for the full result and race report 

    Round 20 - Brazil (Interlagos, Nov 13)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

    Round 19 - Mexico (Mexico City, Oct 30)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    3rd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

    Round 18 - USA (Texas, Oct 23)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    3rd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

    Round 17 - Japan (Suzuka, Oct 9)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    3rd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

    Round 16 - Malaysia (Sepang, Oct 2)

    1st: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    3rd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

    Round 15 - Singapore (Marina Bay, Sept 18)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    3rd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

    Round 14 - Italy (Monza, Sept 4)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    3rd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

    Round 13 - Belgium ( Spa-Francorchamps, Aug 28)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    3rd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

    Round 12 - Germany (Hockenheim, July 31)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    3rd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

    Round 11 - Hungary (Hungaroring, July 24)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    3rd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

    Round 10 - Great Britain (Silverstone, July 10)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    3rd: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

    Round 9 - Austria (Spielberg, July 3)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    3rd: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

    Round 8 - European (Baku, June 19)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 
    3rd: Sergio Perez (Force India)

    Round 7 - Canada (Montreal, June 19)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
    3rd: Valtteri Bottas (Williams)

    Round 6 - Monaco (Monte Carlo, May 29)

    1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2nd: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    3rd: Sergio Perez (Force India)

    Round 5 - Spain (Barcelona, May 15)

    1st: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
    2nd: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
    3rd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

    Round 4 - Russia (Sochi, May 1)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    3rd: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

    Round 3 - China (Shanghai , Apr 17)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
    3rd: Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull)

    Round 2 - Bahrain (Sakhir, Apr 3)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
    3rd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

    Round 1 - Australia (Melbourne, Mar 20)

    1st: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2nd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
    3rd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)