Rosberg announces his retirement from F1 Racing

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  1. Rosberg announces his retirement from F1 racing
    02 Dec 2016

    On the day he is set to collect the trophy for winning his first drivers’ world championship, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg has announced that he is to retire from Formula One racing.
    “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion,” said Rosberg via social media. “Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.

    “I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.”

    Rosberg, who won nine Grands Prix this year en route to the title, said he began contemplating his future at October’s Japanese round, and then made his decision within 24 hours of last weekend’s thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi, where he secured the podium finish he needed to become champion.

    “When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” he continued.

    “On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life.

    “I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were (wife) Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from his management team), followed by (Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport) Toto (Wolff).”

    Rosberg began his F1 career with Williams in 2006 before moving to Mercedes for the 2010 season. He won his first Grand Prix with the Silver Arrows in China 2012 and went on to take a total of 23 victories from 206 starts, twice finishing championship runner-up to team mate Lewis Hamilton before taking his maiden drivers’ crown.

    “This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough,” confessed Rosberg, who admitted thoughts of his family had played a part in his decision. “I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. "And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too - it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target.

    “I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.”
     
  2. #2 Baklava, Dec 2, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
    Not that surprising and i would've done the same.

    He won the f1 title. There's no way he's going to win it again with all the competition now. Better retire from f1 now and be remembered as a champion rather then continue and be remembered as the f1 champion who drove at the back for a couple of seasons after that.(Button, alonso, schumacher etc.)
     
  3. Out of these, Alonso keeps beating the expectations of what the car is capable of, though. He might give them shit for letting him drive in what's probably an inferior car compared to the top teams, but he does get results somehow, love that guy :D
     
  4. Oh yeah no doubt he's being awesome in that car, but still not what you want as a former f1 champion i think. I would be pissed off.
     
  5. He probably made enough money to sit back and relax now.
     
  6. I don't know many racers that could just stop racing from one season to the other (that didn't go into a management function like Berger did for BMW), I guess we'll see him back in DTM or something that involves less flying so he can be with his family more.

    Actually I thought quite hard of racers that could just quit completely and only Irvine came to mind (who went into real estate business).
     
  7. Disagree about Schumacher. I think majority of us still consider him to be a champion and not that weak-sauce that he was when driving for Mercedes Benz. IE ask any casual F1 fan to the hardcore and most will remember him his days at Ferrari and not his final stint at Benz. Just like most remembers Jordan with the Bulls and not his final days he played out for the Wizards.

    AS for Button.... yeah I agree and kind of for Alonso. Wonder why he hasn't retired yet seeing he's 35.

    Feel as if its a bit of a cop out for Rosberg to leave. I get it that you want to leave at the top but not even going to give it another shot?
     
  8. Maybe he wants to try to win championships in other disciplines? DTM, WRC, RX, WTCC, Carrera Cup, WEC... The current F1 Champion won't have a difficult time getting a seat in any of those
     

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