Rosberg wins final F1 race of season in Abu Dhabi ahead of Hamilton

Rosberg won ahead of Hamilton. Credit: Reuters

Nico Rosberg held off the challenge from Lewis Hamilton to win Formula One's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton attempted a different strategy to his Mercedes team-mate with pole-sitter Rosberg controlling the race at the Yas Marina Circuit.

But his best efforts came to no avail with Rosberg ultimately cruising to a hat-trick of consecutive victories for the first time in his grand prix career.

Rosberg crossed the line 8.2 seconds clear of Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen taking to the final step of the podium for Ferrari.

Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who started the race from 14th after a tactical gaffe in qualifying, finished fourth.