Nico Rosberg has refused to blame his Abu Dhabi woes for his title defeat, saying it did “not change” the end result.
Heading into Sunday’s season finale, Rosberg needed Hamilton to finish third or lower to stand any chance of beating him to the title.
However, as the Brit won the grand prix it meant Rosberg’s finishing position on the day – a P14 given his ERS failure – had little bearing on the Championship.
“I’m very disappointed, he chance was there, but it didn’t work out,” he stated.
“All in all, Lewis deserved to win the Championship. What happened to me had no impact, it did not change anything so there is no point focusing on that.
“He was this year that little bit better and it is fully deserved. He has done an amazing job and was the best driver on the grid this year.”
The season was not without high points for Rosberg, though.
The German claimed the trophy for the most pole positions as he started 11 grands prix from P1.
“The positive is I’ve been the better qualifier over the last two years and that gives me a good base.
“I came very close and it is a pity it did not work out. I’m proud to have been here with the team.
“It’s been very intense, a very special weekend for me with so much support.”