Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe

Jun 20, 2016 08:13 IST

nico rosbergNico Rosberg of Germany on 19 June 2016 won the European Grand Prix Formula 1 championship in Baku, Azerbaijan.

To win the title, the Mercedes driver overcame Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany in the final race.

In this championship, Rosberg completed second career Grand Slam. Prior to him, only Lewis Hamilton, Mika Hakkinen, Jack Brabham and Juan Manuel Fangio could able to achieve this rare feat.

He recorded the first career Grand Slam in Russian Grand Prix in May 2016. Grand Slam in Formula One racing denotes winning a race from pole while leading every lap and scoring the fastest lap.

For Rosberg, it was the first European title and the 5th title in 2016 season as he stood as the champion in Austria, Bahrain, China and Russia also.

Overall, it was the 19th title since the beginning of his career in 2006.

About European Grand Prix

• The Formula 1 event was introduced during the mid-1980s. It was held regularly between 1999 and 2012.

• The race was removed from the calendar in 2013. In 2016, the race returned, being run on a street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan.

• In earlier years, the European Grand Prix was not a race in its own right but just an honorific title.

• The first race to be so named was the 1923 Italian Grand Prix, held at Monza and won by Carlo Salamano in a Fiat and the last one was the 1977 British Grand Prix.

• Since its reintroduction, the European Grand Prix has usually been held in a country in Europe that also holds a national Grand Prix in that same year.

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