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Hamilton loses world championship crown despite Abu Dhabi victory

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton has missed out on a third successive world championship - despite winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The odds were stacked against Hamilton going into the decider, with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg only needing to finish third to claim his first world title.

Hamilton deployed a variety of tactics to try and pile the pressure on Rosberg, including deliberately slowing down on the final laps, but the German kept his cool to cross the line in second place.

Hamilton tried desperately to pile the pressure on Rosberg. Credit: PA

The finale was just as controversial as anticipated, with Hamilton deliberately disobeying team orders telling him to speed up as he desperately attempted to bring other drivers into play.

There was a tense atmosphere in the cool down room after the race, with Hamilton and Rosberg choosing to avoid each other, but the pair did eventually hug on the podium.

Nico Rosberg celebrates winning his world championship. Credit: PA

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix standings

  • 1.) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2.) Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • 3.) Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

Rosberg's win means he's only the second son of a world champion to win the title himself after his dad Keke did it in 1982.

"That was not the most enjoyable race I have ever had," Rosberg said on the rostrum.

"With those guys coming up at the end, it was not great those last laps.

"I also want to say congrats to Lewis. It is always tough to beat you."