The 2016 Formula 1 season enters the final straight this weekend with the Mexican Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Nico has been honoured in his home country. A panel of media representatives and officials of the ADAC (the second-largest automobile club in the world) have just awarded him the title ADAC Personality of the Year for 2016. In this year's voting, Nico was up against stiff competition from the likes of four-time rally world champion Sébastien Ogier.
'I feel very honoured, as this is a title that has been held by many of the big names in the German motorsport over the years,' said Nico. 'I have already made several Formula 1 podium appearances this season, and I am conscious that I owe most of this success to my team. Because without my Silver Arrows car, winning races would have been that much harder. So this award belongs just as much to my team. My thanks to the ADAC for this accolade which gives me extra motivation for the rest of the season. I hope to win one or two more races in the meantime.'
Nico has had nine victories, eight pole positions and six fastest race laps this season - and it's not over yet! Going into the final three race weekends, Nico has a 26-point lead over Lewis in the drivers' championship. One thing at least is already clear: only one of the two Silver Arrows drivers can be Formula 1 World Champion this year.
'Nico Rosberg already has impressive motor racing year to look back on,' says ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. 'A tally of nine Formula 1 victories in 18 races speaks for itself. Nico has shown great resilience this season and has managed to assert himself in difficult situations, especially against his team-mate. Regardless of whether he becomes Formula 1 World Champion or not, he has earned the title of ADAC Motorsport Personality of the Year. Like so many successful motor racing drivers, Nico took his first steps in the sport in one of the ADAC junior series, winning the Formula BMW ADAC title in 2002.'
The ADAC Motorsport Personality of the Year awards ceremony will be held in the context of the ADAC SportGala at ADAC headquarters in Munich on 17 December 2016. The award was instituted in 1980 and has since been conferred annually for outstanding achievements in motorsport. Nico's predecessors include record Formula 1 championship winner Michael Schumacher, four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and record DTM championship winner Bernd Schneider.