Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg clinched his third consecutive victory of the season after adopting a two-stop tyre strategy at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Rosberg dominated from pole using a supersoft-soft-soft strategy and although this was identical to his team mate Lewis Hamilton, who came second, the German racer made his pit stop first and was effectively in control of the tactics, ensuring his lead.
Ferrri driver Kimi Raikkonen finished third on the podium in a race where wear and degradation were within limits, to the point where even Lewis Hamilton – chasing his team mate for victory – questioned on team radio whether or not he needed to make a second stop at all.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “As usual, Abu Dhabi delivered another very tactical race, during which Mercedes and Nico Rosberg in particular controlled the strategy perfectly. Congratulations to the entire team for the most dominant season in Formula One history, looking at the points scored.
“Tyre wear and degradation was well within control, even though we were using the two softest compounds in the range at Abu Dhabi, which enabled some entertaining battles all the way to the end of the race.
“Our 2016 season now starts in just 48 hours time when we embark on a 12-hour test throughout Tuesday, during which we will be testing the new ultrasoft tyre as well as new constructions for 2016.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office