Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton might be team-mates – but they definitely didn’t look like it after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Heading into the final race of the season the Mercedes drivers were competing for the F1 world title with Rosberg needing to finish on the podium to claim his maiden championship.
He managed that, finishing second behind Hamilton, but not with any help from his team-mate.
Hamilton defied team orders and deliberately slowed down to back his team-mate into Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. The ploy failed, but Rosberg will rightly feel unhappy with Hamilton.
Immediately after the race the pair didn’t speak, awkwardly doing their best to avoid each other as they were weighed and re-hydrated.
Hamilton did eventually congratulate Rosberg. Being interviewed on the podium by David Coultard, the three-time world champion thanked his team and the fans before eventually getting round to his team-mate.
‘And a big congratulations to Nico Rosberg,’ he said.
The pair then shook hands and briefly embraced.
Rosberg said it was a tough finish to the race, but didn’t call out his team-mate’s shady tactics.
‘That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I’ve ever had,’ said the German. ‘Really not very enjoyable those last laps.’
2016 final driver standings
- Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 385
- Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 380
- Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 256
- Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 212
- Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull 204
- Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 186
- Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 101
- Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 85
- Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 72
- Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 54
- Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 53
- Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 46
- Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 29
- Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 25
- Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 21
- Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 7
- Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 2
- Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 1
- Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor 1
- Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1
- Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas 0
- Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 0
- Esteban Ocon (France) Manor 0
- Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor 0