Nico Rosberg Shocks F1 with Retirement Announcement

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Nico Rosberg Shocks F1 with Retirement Announcement

Nico Rosberg, who just became F1 champion for the first time, has announced his retirement from the racing league. 

Rosberg made the announcement during the prize giving ceremony in Vienna, less than a week after he clinched his first F1 title. Based on his statement, it seems Rosberg wants to leave F1 on top. “I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right,” said Rosberg.

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Over his career, Rosberg racked up 23 race wins, 30 pole positions, 20 fastest lap records and one world title.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Rosberg called his last F1 race in Abu Dhabi “most intense 55 laps of my life,” partly because the race was mired in controversy over his Mercedes-AMG teammate Lewis Hamilton slowing down the pace to try and help other racers pass Rosberg.

“My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows,” said Rosberg. “Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

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  • Bill Kenrick

    no shocker he never won on merit to start with now taken the cowards way out as he knows without the teams help behind the scenes he can not match hamilton or defend against him next season and no im not a hamilton fan before the band wagon starts run away rosberg strikes again congrats on the title by the way lmao

  • Lee

    Hearty congratulations and best wishes to ROS for his future endeavours. Whatever he does it is sure to be done to the maximum. Thank you, Nico, for a great show these past years.

  • smartacus

    HOLY COW!!!!!!!
    this is the single biggest news item i have ever read on this site!!!!

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    My God, this is such an intelligent decision by the man.
    Firstly; it is TREMENDOUS for his career!
    Transfer while on top. He can go anywhere for any price
    So many people would LOVE TO HIRE A CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION.

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    And this signals the truth of the sport.
    He is reading the tea-leaves correctly.
    F1 is on the way down.
    He is leaving precisely before F1 goes over the falls.

  • smartacus

    Not To Mention; we just learned there is no more German Grand Prix,

    so his exposure in his home country would be drastically reduced starting as early as next season.

    this is a BRILLIANT career move by the man.

  • smartacus

    a position just opened up for Max Verstappen

  • smartacus

    Not even Lewis can make a move like this,
    he HAS to stay and try for another title.

    If anything;
    Vettel can make a move out while he is
    a 4x World Champion
    and current Ferrari F1 driver
    and still in his 20’s

  • Reckoning Day

    Yeah… I know….. better than being an older dead hero.