The third German champion, nine wins in 2016 - Rosberg's F1 title win in Opta numbers


Nico Rosberg is the new Formula One world champion following his second-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Rosberg secured a maiden title despite Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton winning the last four races of 2016, including Sunday's season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit.

With the help of Opta, we examine the numbers behind Rosberg's success.


1 - Rosberg is the first German driver to win an F1 title for a German team.

3 - He is the third German world champion, following in the footsteps of the great Michael Schumacher (seven titles) and Sebastian Vettel (four).

23 - Prior to Sunday, Rosberg had the most race wins (23) by a driver without a world title. This record now returns to Stirling Moss, who won 16 races in his career.

9 - To become world champion, Nico Rosberg has needed to beat his personal record of wins in a single season. However, his tally of nine victories in 2016 was bettered by Hamilton (10).

7 - After winning the last three races of the 2015 season, Rosberg triumphed in the first four races of this campaign. His seven-win streak has been bettered only by Vettel (nine successive victories in 2013).

100 - Rosberg boasts a 100 per cent record this year when it comes to securing a place on the front row of the grid. He has been on pole eight times and second in qualifying on a further 13 occasions.

11 - This is Rosberg's 11th season on the grid and seventh with Mercedes. He began his F1 career with Williams in 2006, having served as the team's test driver the previous year.