The reigning world champion, Nico Rosberg will not be on the grid in Australia after announcing his retirement just days after winning his first title in Abu Dhabi. Here we look back on his 10 year career picking his top 5 F1 races.
- China 2012
After joining the Mercedes F1 team in 2010, Nico Rosberg would’ve hoped to be challenging for race victories straight away especially with the team having won the 2009 title under the BrawnGP name before the German manufacturer bought it over. However, it was 2012 before Rosberg got his first taste of victory after winning the Chinese Grand Prix. After getting his first pole position on the Saturday ahead of teammate Michael Schumacher he dominated the race to give Mercedes their first F1 victory since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.
2. Monaco 2013
Rosberg took his first of three victories at Monaco in 2013. The German took an impressive pole and converted it into a race win ahead of both Red Bulls to win in the small principality where he grew up and still lives today.
3. Bahrain 2006
Rosberg’s debut race was in Bahrain 2006 for the Williams team. In his first race he showed his speed and potential. Starting from 12th on the grid Rosberg fought his way up to finish inside the points taking 7th place. Rosberg also set the fastest lap during the Grand Prix and became the youngest driver ever to do so before Max Verstappen broke the record in Brazil last year.
4. Singapore 2016
Rosberg’s best race weekend in his 10 year career. He set the fastest lap in practice, took pole position and dominated the race from start to finish holding off a late charge from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. The win for Rosberg also had huge ramifications for the championship as Rosberg regained the championship lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton.
5. Malaysia 2016
Arguably the race that won Rosberg the title. After a first lap collision with Sebastian Vettel it looked as if Rosberg’s race was over at the first corner as he rejoined at the back of the pack. His title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton was cruising to victory and on-course to take the championship lead when his engine blew up forcing him out of the race. Rosberg finished 3rd after fighting his way up from the back with a number of impressive overtakes.