World champion quits Formula 1 five days after title win
December 5 2016 , 12:00 am
World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.
The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.
“I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right,” Rosberg said.
Rosberg won nine of this season’s 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five points.
“For 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’, to become Formula 1 world champion,” he added.
“Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.”
The son of Finnish 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, finishing seventh.
And when asked if there was any chance of a return, Rosberg added: “No definitely not. End of story. Done.”
So far their is numerous names linked to the seat, top drivers rushing to look at their contracts for a way out of their current contracts with their teams.