Thursday 27 July 2017

Nico Rosberg announces shock F1 retirement at just 31 and days after winning first world championship

Nico Rosberg celebrates after claiming his first Formula One drivers’ title. Photo: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
Nico Rosberg celebrates after claiming his first Formula One drivers’ title. Photo: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

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Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has announced he is retiring from the sport with immediate effect.

Rosberg, who claimed his maiden title at the season-deciding race in Abu Dhabi last Sunday, made the shock revelation at a press conference in Vienna.

"I have decided to end my Formula One career here," Rosberg, 31, said.

The German driver won his first world championship last weekend after a podium finish saw him pip team-mate Lewis Hamilton to glory after a contentious race.

Writing in a statement issued on Facebook, Rosberg said: “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. 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."

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