Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell

Rosberg arrived in F1, with Williams, via the Formula 3 Euro Series and winning the inaugural GP2 title in 2005. I'll race them, I'm here to race.

Rosberg won 23 races (tied for 12th all-time) and 30 pole positions (8th) from 206 races since his debut in 2006. He won his first Grand Prix in China in 2012.

F1 Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg decides to call it a day in a shock move that caught many in the F1 world unawares.

"When I was six years old and started out, the dream was very clear: I wanted to become Formula One world champion and that's what I pursued all along and it's mission accomplished for me, I've done it". "I want to take the opportunity to announce I've chose to end my Formula One career in this moment here, on Monday".

Formula One champion Nico Rosberg announces retirement

Rosberg, whose wife Vivian gave birth to their only child Alaia last summer, added that he first considered retirement after winning the Japanese Grand Prix in October. With 10 second-place finishes and five wins Rosberg still could not beat Hamilton to the crown.

Max Verstappen reacted to one, asking Mercedes if his wasn't the best application they had received.

Reliability wasn't the only key to Rosberg's championship. The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

Wolff said Mercedes would take time to evaluate their options.

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"Retirement out of the blue was probably the most quixotic thing Rosberg has ever done." he writes. "I had dinner with (Mercedes team boss) Toto (Wolff) last night and he obviously couldn't say anything to me".

The likelihood is that Rosberg will be replaced by Pascal Wehrlein, who has come up through the Mercedes young drivers' programme.

A devoted family man, Rosberg said his wife was the first person to know his decision.

Whoever takes over from Rosberg will have to be prepared to face an extremely ambitious and experienced team-mate in three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said even he had not known about the decision before the announcement.

Speaking on the matter to the Press Association, as reported by ESPN, Stewart said: "I think he [Hamilton] can be a little ballerina".

"This is the first time he's won in 18 years, hence why it was not a surprise that he made a decision to stop". "I didn't know if I had the b****, and I took a bit of time".

"And that was very, very clear in my mind, as long as I can think, when I was growing up, now I've achieved that - I've put everything into it for 25 years of racing and with the help of everyone around me, with the help of the fans, and with the help of my friends, of my team and my family and everybody - I have managed to achieve that this year, so it's been an incredible experience for me which I will remember forever and yeah so - at the same time it's been very, very tough also because the last two years losing to Lewis (Hamilton) were extremely hard moments for me which fuelled my motivation in a way that I didn't even know was possible to fight back and to achieve my dream finally", he said.

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