Nico Rosberg is a former German-Finnish racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 2016 while driving for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
Rosberg was born on June 27, 1985, at the Red Cross Hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany, as the only child of Finnish racing driver Keke Rosberg, who won the 1982 Formula One (F1) World Championship, and his German wife, interpreter Gesine Gleitsmann “Sina” Dengel.
Rosberg is a dual citizen of Finland and Germany because his father is Finnish and his mother is German, and he competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series with a Finnish racing licence until the end of his rookie season. He converted to a German licence to secure large sponsorship deals.
Formula One career
Williams hired Rosberg as its second test driver in April 2005. Before Rosberg was chosen, he and fellow driver Nelson Piquet Jr. were thoroughly scrutinised. He continued to focus on the GP2 Series while working with Williams’ test and reserve driver Antônio Pizzonia. After race driver Nick Heidfeld was injured in a cycling accident in September, Williams considered Rosberg as a possible replacement for the remaining two races, the Japanese Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix.
The following month, Rosberg signed a five-year contract with Williams, having been chosen by Frank Williams for his driving skills, knowledge of F1 technology, and ability to articulate data to engineers.
Rosberg gained his first career points with a seventh-place finish in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and set the race’s best lap, making him the youngest fastest lap setter in history at the time, aged 20 years, 8 months, and 13 days. One week later, at the Malaysian Grand Prix, he got off to a season-best third-place start when his engine died after seven laps.
Rosberg was the more experienced driver on his squad for the first time in 2008, when he was teamed with Williams test driver Kazuki Nakajima. He expressed his belief that the Williams team will finish fifth or higher in the Constructors’ Championship and that he had improved his technical abilities. Rosberg opened the season with a third-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix, the first podium finish of his career.
On October 29, he announced his intention to leave Williams at the end of the season, and he was officially released from his contract with the squad on January 1, 2010. One week later, Mercedes purchased 75% of Brawn GP and entered Formula One under its own banner; Rosberg was named the team’s first driver in November 2009. He was paired with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and was assigned car number four after Schumacher requested car number three for superstitious reasons.
Rosberg continued with Mercedes in 2011 and was accompanied by Schumacher once more. He noted that his goal for the season was to win his first professional race, but he realised it would not be easy owing to the advantages of other teams.
Rosberg had a mixed season, winning the Chinese Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix, but the MGP W02 quickly wore out the Pirelli tyres, rendering the car uncompetitive.
He was able to maintain consistent performance in every qualifying session and started sixteen times faster than his colleague Schumacher. Rosberg finished fifth in the season’s 19 races and seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 89 points.
Rosberg was joined at Mercedes before the 2013 season by 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who took over for the departed Michael Schumacher. Mercedes accorded him an equal position and did not treat him any differently than Hamilton. During the pre-season period, Rosberg visited the Mercedes facility in Brackley, England, showing an interest in the technological development of the F1 W04 and assisting the team with the car’s development.
Rosberg is the second son of a former world champion to win the title, following Damon Hill’s father Graham Hill in 1996. On December 24, 2016, he released a limited-edition book titled Finally about the 2016 season. Rosberg raced in 206 races, winning 23, claiming 30 pole positions, finishing on the podium 57 times, and amassing 1594.5 championship points.
On December 2, 2016, five days after winning the championship, he announced his retirement at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Vienna.
Records, achievements and recognition
Nico Rosberg completed in 206 Grands Prix, winning 23, finishing on the podium 57 times, holding 30 pole positions, and earning 1594.5 championship points. Rosberg transitioned into driver management, television punditry, and eco-entrepreneurship after retiring. In 2017, he was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame and received the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year.
He earned the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy on June 5, 2011, which honours a recipient “for their dedication to motor racing, the spirit of competition and achievements” He earned the inaugural FIA Pole Trophy at the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix for winning more pole positions than any other driver during the 2014 season, with 11. Rosberg received the DHL Fastest Lap Award because he had the fastest laps (seven) of any driver throughout the 2016 season.
Nico Rosberg received the Bambi Best Sportsman Award in 2014, the Sport Bild Special Award in 2014, the 2016 BRDC Johnny Wakefield Trophy for “setting the fastest race lap of the season on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit” the Autosport International Racing Driver Award in the same year, the 2016 ADAC Motorsportsman of the Year Award, the 2017 Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year, the DMS Award for Breakthrough of the Year, and the DMS Award for Breakthrough of the Year. In December 2017, Rosberg was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame.
On July 11, 2014, Rosberg married interior designer and long-term partner Vivian Sibold in Monaco. They have two children, Alaa (born in 2015) and Naila (born in 2017), and own an Ibiza creamery shop.
He supports the German football club FC Bayern Munich has played for the Monaco national tennis team, and has previously competed in triathlon events; his abilities enabled him to save a five-year-old boy from drowning in Monaco. Rosberg has a YouTube vlogging channel and hosts the podcast “Beyond Victory” in which he and his guests explore human performance and growth.
|Rеаl Nаmе/Full Nаmе||Nico Erik Rosberg|
|Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd Nаmе||Nico Rosberg|
|Віrth Рlасе||Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау||27 June 1985|
|Аgе/Ноw Оld||36 years old|
|Неіght/Ноw Таll||In Centimetres – 175 cm|
In Feet and Inches – 5’ 9”
|Wеіght||In Kilograms – 72 kg|
In Pounds – 161 lbs
|Раrеntѕ Nаmе||Father – Keke Rosberg|
Mother – Sina Rosberg
|Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn Nаmе||Alaa (born in 2015) and|
Naila (born in 2017)
|Рrоfеѕѕіоn||Finnish-Former Racing Driver|
|Nеt Wоrth||$55 million|
|Lаѕt Uрdаtеd||Јuly 2021|
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