Rosberg revels in victory over Hamilton


Nico Rosberg says finally getting one over on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton made his maiden Formula One drivers' title "even more satisfying".

Rosberg finished second to Hamilton in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, but that was enough to see the German follow in father Keke's footsteps by topping the drivers' standings.

The new champion and predecessor Hamilton have been rivals - friendly or otherwise - since their childhood karting days, with the Briton often coming out on top.

But Sunday's result saw Rosberg finally get the better of Hamilton, who offered his colleague only begrudging congratulations in the immediate aftermath of the race. 

"It feels like I've been racing Lewis forever, and he's always just managed to edge me out, even when we were small in karts," Rosberg said.

"So that makes this even more satisfying. He's an amazing driver, a phenomenal benchmark. I took the championship away from him. And just five points in it at the end, that's unbelievable.

"For sure mental strength is a key ingredient to where I am now. And my dad and mum have been such a big part of this, just massive.

"But it's also everybody who supports me in the world - everyone who came this weekend, the people close to me, my team, my racing family, my family.

"Every Saturday night I get a message from my dad, normally it's 'pedal to the metal!' Everybody has their part of this."

Discussing Hamilton's mischievous tactic of attempting to back him into the chasing pack, Rosberg added: "Lewis was using all his skill to do it perfectly, so there was no way for me to manage to get by.

"It was so intense in the car - I've never felt something like that before in the car.

"I'm sure the next few days will be pretty crazy, but I look forward to that - it's going to be special. And tonight is going to be nuts, absolutely insane!"