Reigning F1 champion Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from Formula 1, effective immediately. The German driver made his announcement during the FIA world champion gala on Friday, just five days after securing his first F1 world title at this year's Formula 1 world championship.
The Mercedes driver won’t be defending his first and newly earned F1 world title next year, instead, Rosberg announced that he’s retiring from the competitive world of racing to spend most of his time with his family
The 31-years-old Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate and former world champion Lewis Hamilton to the title in 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, sealing the F1 crown in an intense, high-action season finale in Abu Dhabi last November.
Speaking ahead at the recent FIA Prize Giving Gala in Vienna, Austria, the Mercedes driver has finally announced his retirement from Formula 1 racing.
Rosberg said that having won his first F1 title and achieved his childhood dream, he felt it was the right time to step down and leave the world of competitive racing. The German won't any longer commit to another intense Formula 1 title fight.
The announcement has come as a big surprise for everyone, especially in the Formula 1, a major shock to the world of racing. The German has been the Formula 1 world champion for less than a week only, after beating teammate Lewis Hamilton in the action-packed 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Some analysts believe that there’s something inside Rosberg that pushed him to leave the F1 and that’s what Rosberg decided to do ahead of the FIA world champion gala in Vienna, Austria.
According to Motorsports, Rosberg has put everything into this season and made his last fight, as he explained in his statement at FIA world champion gala in Vienna. Rosberg said that he want to spend most of his time with his family. He also added that his only regret regarding his big announcement was that it put his entire Mercedes AMG team in a very difficult situation. This means that Mercedes will have to find someone to fill the vacant seat.
Rosberg’s announcement created a buzz throughout the world of professional racing. Most importantly, its impact to the Formula 1 racing. With his exit from Formula 1, the league suddenly went from having only a handful of open race seats left to dealing with a vacancy in the grid.
Fortunately, the league still have some few good drivers left in the grids scrambling for seats, including but not limited to Felipe Nasr, Esteban Gutierrez, and Pascal Wehrlein. Now they go from taking a seat at Manor or a jump at Sauber or even get into the vacant Mercedes seat.
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An Emotional Farewell from Nico Rosberg:
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