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Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement with immediate effect.
 

 
Toto Wolff says Mercedes will "take the necessary time" to work out who replaces retiring world champion Nico .  
     
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Red Bull Racing has confirmed its switch to fuel and lubricant supplier ExxonMobil for the start of the 2017 Formula 1
Esteban Gutierrez has appointed ex-CART Indycar driver Adrian Fernandez as his manager, in a reshuffle
 
 
Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden Formula 1 world championship by holding off Sebastian Vettel to finish
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Rosberg retires from Formula 1
Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement with immediate effect.
The German beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the title in 2016, sealing the crown in a tense season finale in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
 
Speaking ahead of Friday's FIA Prize Giving Gala in Vienna, Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula 1.
 
"I want to take the opportunity to announce that I have decided to end my Formula 1 career in this moment here," said Rosberg.
 
"It's hard to explain, it has been ever since I started when I was six years old, I had a very clear dream and that was to become Formula 1 world champion.
 
"Now I've achieved that, I've put everything into it for 25 years of racing and with the help of everybody around me, with the help of fans and the help of my team and my family and friends I have managed to achieve that this year.
 
"So it has been an incredible experience for me that I will remember foreve
 
"At the same time, it has been very very tough also because the last two years losing to Lewis were extremely difficult moments for me, which fuelled my motivation in a way that I didn't even know was possible to fight back and to achieve my dream finally."
 
   
     
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Mercedes in no rush to replace Rosberg - Wolff
Toto Wolff says Mercedes will "take the necessary time" to work out who replaces retiring world champion Nico Rosberg in its Formula 1 line-up in 2017.

Five days after winning his maiden world title, Rosberg announced his unexpected retirement from F1 on Friday at the FIA Prize Giving.
 
The 31-year-old had only signed a new, two-year deal set to keep him with Mercedes until the end of 2018 in July.
 
Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein has just completed his first season in F1 with Manor, but motorsport boss Wolff says Mercedes will not rush into a decision on who partners Lewis Hamilton.
 
"For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one," he said. "We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead.
 
"We will take the necessary time to evaluate our options and then find the right path for our future." Rosberg joined Mercedes when it returned as a works team in 2010, after spending the first four seasons of his F1 career with Williams.
 
Alongside Michael Schumacher and then Hamilton since 2013, Rosberg has won 23 grands prix and taken 30 pole positions.
 
"With Mercedes, Nico has been a relentless competitor, bouncing back from his tough times in an inspirational way, and he earned the respect of the sport with his tenacity, his fighting spirit and his grace under pressure," Wolff said.
 
"Since 2010, he has poured competitive energy into our team and we have grown stronger because of it.
 
"We simply say 'thank you' for the incredible contribution he has made to our success, alongside two of the all-time great drivers, Michael and Lewis."
 
Wolff said he immediately accepted Rosberg's decision to retire, which was made for family reasons, and paid tribute to his outgoing driver.
 
"This is a brave decision by Nico and a testament to the strength of his character," Wolff said. "He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as world champion, having achieved his childhood dream. "The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.
   
     
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Red Bull confirm switch to Exxon
Red Bull Racing has confirmed its switch to fuel and lubricant supplier ExxonMobil for the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

As reported by Motorsport.com in October, Red Bull has lured ExxonMobil away from McLaren, ending a partnership of 21 years.
 
Red Bull had been using fuel and oil from Renault's partner Total, but will switch to ExxonMobil next year despite continuing to run with the French engines.
 
"Mobil 1 and Red Bull Racing are two global brands that share a passion for racing, performance and innovation," said team boss Christian Horner.
 
"Mobil 1 has been an iconic brand in Formula 1 for more than 30 years and our new partnership provides us with a unique opportunity to tap into ExxonMobil’s world class expertise."
 
"In addition to welcoming ExxonMobil to the Red Bull Racing stable, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the technical team at Total, who have made a valuable contribution to our success in Formula 1 during our partnership."
 
ExxonMobil has been involved in Formula 1 for 31 years, having supplied fuel and lubricants to over 100 race-winning cars.
 
   
     
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Gutierrez apponts Adrian Fernandez as his manager
Esteban Gutierrez has appointed ex-CART Indycar driver Adrian Fernandez as his manager, in a reshuffle of his team in a bid to secure a 2017 Formula 1 race seat.

The Mexican, who failed to score a point with Haas in 2016, was replaced by Kevin Magnussen and now faces a fight to stay on the F1 grid with only Sauber and Manor having vacancies.
 
Gutierrez was unhappy with the Haas team's decision to drop him and has requested feedback, with team boss Gunther Steiner understood to be planning to call his former driver this week to discuss the matter.
 
The 25-year-old feels the situation could have been "managed better from both sides" and since made changes to ensure he is not left in this position again.
 
Countryman Fernandez will lead Gutierrez's team with Didier Coton stepping back from that role and instead acting more as an consultant.
 
"I'm working together with Adrian Fernandez," Gutierrez told Autosport. "We have always been in contact."We agreed we can work together more closely."Didier has been my manager for a few years and he will still be an advisor."We are good friends, we have know each other very well for a few years now and I respect him a lot.
 
"He's a good person, very straight forward and I'm very straight forward as well, so he will remain with the team, still close to us.
 
"But now the person in charge is Adrian Fernandez, he is my manager." When asked if he would have done anything differently on reflection, Gutierrez said: "You can always say you could do things better, it's easy to say afterwards.
 
"All my commitment, all the effort was there but I probably would have done things differently externally."I have reacted very quickly to it, made some changes and now it's working much better already."
 
Gutierrez added he will take more of an active role in his future, saying: "I will have more input - that is something that is fundamental."
 
In the aftermath of the Haas announcement, Gutierrez said the decision was "unfair" but says he is not pointing the finger at specific people.
   
     
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Hamilton wins - Abu Dhabi Race - Rosberg World Champion
Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden Formula 1 world championship by holding off Sebastian Vettel to finish second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as rival Lewis Hamilton won the race.

Rosberg entered the 21st and final grand prix of the season with a 12-point lead and simply needed to be third or higher to take the title no matter where Hamilton finished.
 
Hamilton kept the pace slow in the final stint when leading Rosberg, backing the German into the pack, despite persistent calls from his Mercedes team to up speed.
 
But the tactic failed to pay off, with Rosberg soaking up the pressure from Vettel to guide his car home second.As a result, Rosberg won the world title by five points at Yas Marina to become F1's 33rd world champion, 34 years after his father Keke achieved the feat.
 
Rosberg pitted a lap after Hamilton, ditching the ultra-softs for the softs, and like Hamilton was held in his box while a Ferrari entered the pits.
 
He rejoined behind Max Verstappen, who had spun at the first corner after contact with Nico Hulkenberg and had cut his way back through the field on the super-softs and was looking to extend his stint.
 
Mercedes told Rosberg he needed to pass Verstappen because the Dutchman was driving purposefully slow, setting up a tense couple of moments as the two went wheel-to-wheel with the Red Bull holding firm.After backing off for a few laps, Mercedes told Rosberg to attack again and this time, the German made a pass stick through Turns 8 and 9 before covering the line into Turn 11 to retake second.
 
The gap hovered around the one-second mark for much of the remainder of the race, with Hamilton appearing to attempt to back Rosberg into the chasing pack.
 
The main threat was Vettel, who was last of the frontrunners to make a final stop and took on fresh super-softs. He passed both Red Bulls and closed in on the two Mercedes, bringing Verstappen with him.
 
Rosberg complained Hamilton was too slow while Mercedes instructed Hamilton to up the pace, including a message from technical boss Paddy Lowe, but the Briton replied at one point "let us race".
 
Ultimately, it didn't pay off as Hamilton crossed the line to win his 10th grand prix of the season, compared to nine wins for Rosberg, with his team-mate second.
 
Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo and Raikkonen completed the top six.Force India's Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were seventh and eight respectively, securing fourth place in the constructors' championship for the outfit for the first time.
 
Felipe Massa finished the final race of his F1 career in ninth, with Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.
 
The Spaniard's McLaren team-mate Jenson Button had a disappointing final race before his likely retirement, the Briton hitting a kerb at Turn 10 hard, causing damage to the steering and forcing him out.
 
Carlos Sainz Jr retired with a gearbox problem, moments after he was hit by Renault's Jolyon Palmer, while his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat also failed to finish.
   
     
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Hamilton takes pole - Abu Dhabi Qualifying
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for his Formula 1 world championship showdown with Nico Rosberg, with a commanding performance in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton held provisional pole after the initial runs in Q3, just over three tenths quicker than Rosberg, and eventually completed two laps good enough for pole by breaking into the 1m38s on his final run.
 
Championship leader Rosberg also improved on his second Q3 run, but ended up more than three tenths behind Hamilton.If Hamilton wins Sunday's race, Rosberg only needs to finish third to clinch his first F1 world title.
 
Daniel Ricciardo qualified his Red Bull third fastest, nicking ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari by just 0.015 seconds on his final Q3 run. Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, who qualified sixth fastest, will both start the race on the super-soft tyre, after progressing through Q2 without using the ultra-soft favoured by Mercedes and Ferrari.
 
Sebastian Vettel was fifth fastest in the second Ferrari, less than a tenth slower than Raikkonen. Vettel suggested he lost time in Turns 16, 17 and 18, and that he went the wrong way on set-up for qualifying.
 
The Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez locked out row four, just 0.018s apart, while Fernando Alonso qualified his McLaren a tenth faster than Felipe Massa's Williams, which rounded out the top 10.
 
Massa's team-mate Valtteri Bottas just missed out on making Q3 in the second Williams, finding time on his final Q2 lap but narrowly losing out to Alonso, who was quicker than Bottas by just 0.040s.Jenson Button qualified 12th in the sister McLaren, dropping two tenths to Alonso in the middle sector and suggesting his car picked up understeer in the cool conditions.
 
Esteban Gutierrez beat Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean to 13th on the grid by just under a tenth of a second, while Jolyon Palmer was 15th in the best of the Renaults, 0.175s clear of Pascal Wehrlein, who put his Manor into Q2 for the fifth time this season.
 
Both Toro Rosso drivers fell in Q1, after losing most of Friday's second practice to FIA safety checks to its cars, following punctures suffered on Daniil Kvyat's car.
 
Kvyat was only 17th quickest, a tenth slower than Wehrlein, while Kvyat's team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr qualified on the last row of the grid.
 
Renault apologised to Kevin Magnussen after he failed to go quicker on his final Q1 run and wound up 18th, ahead of Sauber's Felipe Nasr, who complained of an ERS problem exiting Turn 14.
 
Esteban Ocon was 20th in the second Manor, after a slow first sector, while the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson qualified the last, the Swede apologising to the team for locking up under braking for Turn 17 and ruining his final flying lap in Q1.  
   
     
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race Results

Pos Driver Team   Pos
Driver Team
Esteban Gueterez Haas
Pascal Werlien Manor
Estaban Ocon Manor
Marcus Ericsson Sauber
Felipe Naszr Sauber
Joylon Palmer Renault
   
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Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso
Jenson Button Mclaren
Valteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing
Kevin Magnussen Renault
   
   
   
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 13
3 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 14
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 15
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 16
6 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 17
7 Nico Hulkenburg Sahara Force India  
8 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India  
9 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing  
10 Fernando Alonso Mclaren  
11 Romain Grosjean Haas  
 
         
 
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team   Pos
Driver Team
Jenson Button Mclaren
Esteban Gutiérrez Haas
Romain Grosjean Haas
Joylon Palmer Renault
Pascal Wehrlein Manor
   
Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso
Kevin Magnussen Renault
Filepe Naszr Sauber
Esteban Ocon Manor
Felipe Naszr Sauber
Marcus Ericsson Sauber
   
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 13
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 14
4 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 15
5 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrar 16
6 Max erstappen Red Bull Racing  
7 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 17
8 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 18
9 Fernando Alonso Mclaren 19
10 Filepe Massa Williams Martini Racing 20
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11 Valteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing   22
     
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Formula 1 Driver and Team Standings

2016 Formula 1 Driver Standings Team Standings  
Pos Driver Team Points   Team Points  
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 392 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 759  
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 367 Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team 465  
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 264 Scuderia Feraari 400  
4 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 212 Sahara Force India /Mercedes 177
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 193 Williams Martin Racing /Mercedes 138
6 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 188 Mclaren/Honda 79
7 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 103 Scuderia Toro Rosso/Ferrari 63
8 Valteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing 85 Haas/Ferrari 29
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 74 Renault 8
10 Fernando Alonso Mclaren 57 Sauberr/Ferrari 2
11 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 53 Manor/Ferrari 1
12 Carlos Sanz Scuderia Toro Rosso 46    
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 29    
14 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 25    
15 Jenson Button Mclaren 21    
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault Formula 1 Team 7    
17 Felipe Naszr Sauber 2    
18 Stoffel Vandoorne Mclaren Fromula 1 Team 1    
19 Joylon Palrmer Renault 1    
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1    
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 0    
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0    
23 Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 0    
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