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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Born on June 27 1985 in Wiesbaden, Nico Rosberg, son of Finnish Formula One World Champion Keke, had motor racing in his DNA right from birth. He gained his first experience of karting at just six years old and, by the time he turned 16, had fought his way up to the highest echelon of kart racing - International Formula Super A.

In 2002, his talent was recognised with a drive in the Formula BMW series - racing for Team Rosberg, his father's outfit. Nico emphatically proved that he had not been given the drive simply by virtue of his name by winning the Championship. That same year, he would be rewarded for his achievements with a first Formula One test with the Williams F1 Team. Ages 17, he was, at the time, the youngest driver ever to get behind the wheel of a Formula One racing car.

Nico did not get his driver's licence until one year later – but had by then already made quite a name for himself in the Formula 3 Euro Series. In 2005, French team ART Grand Prix signed Nico to drive in the GP2 Series, where once again there would be no stopping him. He left the competition trailing in his debut season to be crowned Champion. Again, Frank Williams knocked at the Rosberg door – this time to offer Nico a full-time drive in Formula One.
On March 12 2006, Nico made his Formula One debut for Williams as team-mate to Mark Webber and instantly impressed by posting the fastest lap of the race. Aged just 20 years, 8 months and 13 days old at the time, he remains the youngest driver ever to have achieved this feat. In addition, he belongs to an elite group of drivers (Giuseppe Farina, Masahiro Hasemi and Jacques Villeneuve) who all succeeded in posting the fastest lap in their maiden Grand Prix.

After four years with Williams, Nico sought a new challenge and, in 2010, signed with the Silver Arrows. He finished on the podium in only his third race for the team – repeating that feat in China and again in the Brackley squad's home race at Silverstone.

On April 14 2012 Nico secured his first Formula One pole position and then, one day later, his first win at the Chinese Grand Prix. His next victory would prove an historic one at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix - taking the flag exactly 20 years after his father Keke had won the prestigious race in the Principality. Nico finished his fourth season for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in sixth place overall on 171 world Championship points – including victories in Monaco and Great Britain.

In 2014, a season-long battle with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton saw Nico narrowly miss out on a first World Championship title after a dramatic season finale in Abu Dhabi. As runner-up, Nico claimed five race wins, 15 podium finishes, five fastest race laps and the inaugural pole position trophy, having claimed top spot on the grid no less than 11 times in the 19 race calendar. Highlights included a second consecutive win at the Monaco Grand Prix, plus a home victory in Germany.

2015 brought another impressive but ultimately frustrating campaign for Nico. Six victories, 15 podium finishes, seven pole positions and five fastest race laps would once again see the German fall just short of his title ambition. A combination of bad luck and imperious early season form from team-mate Lewis Hamilton consigned Nico to the runner-up spot once more with three Grands Prix remaining. However, not to be kept down, Nico subsequently bounced back to dominate those final three rounds – demonstrating both speed and strength of character to end a tough year on a high.

Nico started his 2016 campaign in impressive fashion, winning the four first races of the year. After a dramatic race for the team in Spain, his team-mate and main title rival Lewis Hamilton struck back with victory in Monaco and the two were once again locked in a season-long battle for the Championship until the final race in Abu Dhabi. During the last round, Nico finally achieved his childhood dream by securing the Championship with nine race wins and 16 podium finishes. But the drama did not end there. Nico Rosberg ended his Formula One career on high just days after claiming the tile by announcing his retirement from the sport.

Profile

Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 27 June 1985
Place of Birth: Wiesbaden, Germany
Lives: Monaco
Height: 1.78m
Weight: 67kg
Debut: Bahrain, 12 March 2006
Best Championship: 1st - 2016
First Win: China, 15 April 2012
Wins: 23
Podiums: 57
Pole Positions: 30
Front Row Starts: 60
Fastest Laps: 20
Starts: 206
Points: 1594.5
2016 Formula One: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS – Champion
2015 Formula One: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS – 2nd
2014 Formula One: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS – 2nd
2013 Formula One: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS – 6th
2012 Formula One: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS – 9th
2011 Formula One: MERCEDES GP PETRONAS - 7th
2010 Formula One: MERCEDES GP PETRONAS - 7th
2009 Formula One: Williams - 7th
2008 Formula One: Williams - 13th
2007 Formula One: Williams - 9th
2006 Formula One: Williams - 17th
2005 GP2 Series: ART Grand Prix - Champion
2004 Formula Three Euro Series: Team Rosberg - 4th
2003 Formula Three Euro Series: Team Rosberg - 8th
2002 German Formula BMW: VIVA Racing - Champion

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