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Kimi Raikkonen: 'Nico Rosberg was better this year, simple as that'

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Kimi Raikkonen cannot understand why some people are questioning Nico Rosberg's 2016 title win, saying the German did the better job over the course of the year.

In Abu Dhabi, Rosberg's wrapped up a title he has looked favourite to win since Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton suffered an engine failure while leading in Malaysia. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted Hamilton would have been champion without that issue and a number of engine problems throughout the season.

However, Raikkonen, who beat Hamilton and Fernando Alonso to the title in 2007, says the points table is the only thing that matters at the end of the season.

"He scored more points and I don't understand why he wouldn't deserve it," the Ferrari driver said. "They had the same car and he came out on top, so fair play. He was better this year, as simple as that."

Rosberg had to endure an unbearably tense finale in Abu Dhabi to claim the title, as a desperate Hamilton backed him into the chasing Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. Rosberg, who would not have won the title if he had dropped out of podium contention, clung on to second to win.

Hamilton's tactic was controversial and left Mercedes in two minds about whether to punish him, though Raikkonen sees nothing wrong with what the three-time world champion did.

"It's racing. It didn't affect the final result, I don't know how much was being done. I don't know and the end result didn't change one bit. It's part of racing and if it gets completely ridiculous, I guess there would be stewards involved. But as far as I saw, there was nothing, really, it never really got close. It's part of things."