Nico Rosberg has joined a very exclusive club yesterday by securing his first-ever Formula 1 World Championship, 34 years after his father, Keke Rosberg won the title in 1982, and beating out Lewis Hamilton.

Going into the final race of the 2016 season at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg had a 12-point lead over his Mercedes teammate, and only needed to secure a podium finish to take the Championship.

Despite pressure from Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, the German managed to hold on to his second position right to the finish, adding 18 points to his tally for a total of 385, five more than Hamilton’s 380 points.

The Brit had a flawless weekend leading up to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, qualifying first on Saturday before going on to take the chequered flag for his tenth win of the season. However, even with one more win than Rosberg this season, previous retirements in Spain and Malaysia didn’t aid in his pursuit of retaining his title.

Championship battle aside, the end of the 2016 F1 season also sees the departure of two long-time drivers from the grid. The first being Felipe Massa, who will officially retire after 14 years in the sport (disregarding 2003 where he was a test driver at Ferrari), with 11 wins and 41 podiums to his name.

Next is another Brit, Jenson Button, who has announced that he will retire from the sport, although he will remain as a reserve driver and ambassador of McLaren until the 2018 season as part of his contract with the team. During his 17 consecutive seasons, he won the World Driver’s Championship in 2009, and has notched up 15 wins in total, with 50 podium finishes.

Next year, Formula 1 will undergo several changes, beginning with the design of the cars that will make them wider, heavier and run on fatter tyres, which the FIA claims will provide substantial gains of five to six seconds. Off the grid, the power unit token system will be scrapped from 2017, meaning the four engine manufacturers – Ferrari, Mercedes, Honda and Renault – will face no limits on development next season.