Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg retires
London: The German Formula 1 racing driver Nico Rosberg gave a shock to the world by announcing retirement just five days after achieving his lifetime dream of becoming the world champion.
He announced his retirement through posts on Twitter and Facebook on Friday.
In the post, the German driver said that he took the decision on Monday evening. He, however, had not giving any indication of his intention of retirement till Thursday as he was at the team factory Brackley on Thursday after completing a trip to his German birthplace of Wiesbaden.
Rosberg, who was scheduled to join the government FIA's gala prize-giving in Vienna later on Friday, didn’t disclose what he is up to after retirement. He would have joined the prize-giving event along with his Mercedes teammate and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
He won 23 out of 206 races he participated in and also became only the second son of a champion to clinch the title. His father Keke had achieved the feat back in 1982.
Rosberg was also the first German F1 driver to win the Formula One Championship in a German car.
His team, Mercedes, has been the most dominant team in F1 racing this season with 19 wins out of 21 races.