Nico Rosberg claimed his fourth podium finish of the year with a third place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 3rd.
With Lewis Hamilton securing seventh position, Mercedes-Benz scored a further 21 points to consolidate second place in the Constructors’ Championship on a total of 334 points. Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber claimed the first and second positions of the race with times of 1hr 38mins 06.106 secs and 1:38:36.935 respectively.
The Yas Marina Circuit saw both Mercedes-Benz drivers follow a two-stop strategy, running option/prime/prime, with Rosberg pitting on laps 10 and 33, and Hamilton on lap 7 and 29. Hamilton experienced some vibration from his rear brakes when driving out of the grid, and after a few adjustments the Mercedes team were satisfied it was under control. During the race Hamilton was unfortunate to lose time behind the Sauber of Gutierrez in his second stint of the race, while also complaining of losing tyre grip. It was later revealed his chassis had a hole and cracks, something which will no doubt be rectified for the United States race on 17th November.
Nico Rosberg battled it out with Mark Webber for the second position, but in a bid to reserve his tyres, fell back to finish the race as he started, in P3.Speaking after the race, Nico Rosberg said: “We didn’t quite manage to take the challenge to the Red Bulls today but we were closer at least to one of them and hopefully we can make it happen in the last two races. As a team, we scored some great points for the Constructors’ Championship this weekend and I’m very happy about that.”
Lewis Hamilton added: “That was a tough race this evening for me. My race just didn’t quite come together and I’m not really sure why as I gave it my all out there… All points count but Nico did a really good job today to maximise the potential of the car. Hopefully the last two races will be stronger for me and I look forward to that challenge.”