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Rosberg beats Hamilton to Abu Dhabi Victory

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Nico Rosberg achieved his first three-in-a-row wins of his Formula 1 career as he won the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.

Rosberg led comfortably from start-to-finish at the Yas Marina Circuit, adding victory here to his previous triumphs in Mexico and Brazil, and finished 8.271s clear of Hamilton at the chequered flag.

Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium after a relatively lonely race to third in his Scuderia Ferrari, finishing 19.430s behind Rosberg, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel drove a good race to finish fourth, despite starting down in fifteenth position.

Sergio Perez concluded the Sahara Force India’s best ever season with a fifth place finish, while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh behind the leading of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing entries of Daniel Ricciardo.

Felipe Massa secured the only points of the day for the Williams Martini Racing team in eighth, just ahead of Romain Grosjean, who secured two points in his final race for the Lotus F1 Team in ninth after a good last stint that saw him pass both Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Kvyat secured the final point on offer in his Red Bull, just ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Sainz, while Jenson Button was a lapped twelfth for the McLaren-Honda team, with the Briton holding off the late challenge of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

The two drivers had earlier clashed during the first pit stop window, when Bottas was released in an unsafe manner from his pit stop into the path of Button, breaking the Finn’s front wing and earning himself a five-second penalty during his second pit stop.

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were classified a disappointing fourteenth and fifteenth respectively for the Sauber F1 Team, ahead of Max Verstappen, who was initially crossed the line in twelfth but was handed a post-race twenty-five second penalty for ignoring blue flags that relegated him to sixteenth.

A first lap incident between McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso and Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado saw the Spaniard receive a drive-through penalty while Maldonado was forced into an early retirement, which ultimately was the only retirement of the Grand Prix.

Alonso sustained damage to the front wing and a tyre puncture but after pitting, he was able to carry on his race. The incident saw an investigation by the Abu Dhabi stewards, which gave Alonso the drive-through penalty, with the Spaniard finishing a disappointing seventeenth as a result, ahead only of the two Manor F1 Team drivers, Will Stevens finishing ahead of team-mate Roberto Merhi.

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