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Rosberg finished strong but this was Hamilton's year - Coulthard

Rosberg finished strong but this was Hamilton's year - Coulthard
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03 Decembrie, 2015

The Formula 1 season ended on Sunday with a Chris Gragg Nike Jersey third consecutive victory for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, but it is important to remember how the year started.

There are now questions about just why Rosberg has hit this rich vein of form, but it has come at the end of a year that was owned outright by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Unlike in 2014, when he retired from the first race of the season, Hamilton won in Australia in March and built up from there a momentum to which Rosberg had no answer.

The German had his moments but, generally speaking, Hamilton was in complete control of the season from Melbourne until he won the title in Austin in October with three races still to go.

It was the Lewis Hamilton show, and Rosberg was left looking punch drunk on the ropes.

Even when Hamilton made a mess of the first lap in Hungary and then made another important mistake later on in the race, Rosberg was unable to capitalise.

There was a point that afternoon when, had the Denzel Perryman Elite Jersey positions remained as they were, Rosberg would have gone into the summer break leading the championship.
Instead, he got a cut tyre in a clash with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and ended up finishing behind Hamilton, who was only sixth himself.

Hamilton had some hiccups - he was deprived of victory in Monaco by a team strategy error, for example - but generally everything seemed to go his way.

The British Grand Prix, one of the better races of the year, was a good example. Hamilton survived an off-circuit moment early on when trying to pass the fast-starting Williams cars, and then made the perfect call on a tyre stop in late-race rain.

For a man who seems to feed off public http://www.nflchiefsofficialshop.com/AUTHENTIC+ALEX+SMITH+JERSEY adulation, winning that race in front of 120,000 fans could not have been a better result.

This period - and the title battle, such as it was - ended in Austin, when Rosberg lost the lead to Hamilton by running wide and Hamilton was able to seal the championship.

The big momentum shift

Hamilton's title victory was followed by three consecutive wins for Rosberg, whose run of consecutive poles is now at six.

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