Nico Rosberg has just announced his retirement from Formula 1, later on today the newly crowned champion will receive his trophy at the FIA world champions event in Vienna. Rosberg won his first F1 title at the 2016 season finale in Abu Dhabi last weekend. He retires with 206 entries and starts, as well as a total of 23 wins and 57 podiums in his ten year Formula 1 career.
Rosberg said: “For me it is a very special day to receive the trophy this evening is going to be amazing but for another reason: I want to take the opportunity to announce to end F1 career. It has been every since I started since six-year old I had a clear dream. Tat was to become F1 world champion and it was very clear in my mind, whatever I could think, I have achieved it, put everything into it and put everything into it, help of fans, managed to achieve it. I will remember forever.”
For Nico, he won two championships last weekend, one during the race and the other during the after party where the 31-year old partied till 9am the next morning.
“My mum has never ever seen a race of mine because she’s so scared, so she came right after the finish, and of course it was unbelievably emotional when she found out I had won. We were both crying our eyes out,” said the world champion.
He added: “Now comes a period which is more intense than ever, because there’s not a day of relaxing for the next two or three weeks, which will be pretty crazy. And then relaxing for me is going home, going to see my wife and my daughter, going on the promenade and things like that – that’s the most wonderful thing for me at the moment.”
We said we'd be champions back then, now we both are! Congratulations Nico, you did everything a champion needed to do. Well deserved 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/CIFPw1K2Fq
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 30, 2016
2006 marked the start of Rosberg’s F1 career where he joined Williams, the same team his dad won the championship with in 1982. He moved to Mercedes in 2010 where he score most of his wins. His contract with Mercedes was extended to 2018 back in July, and he is the first German to win a Formula 1 title with a German team using a German engine.
Rosberg will join Felipe Massa and Jenson Button who also retired after this season.