Nico Rosberg resigns: World champion stops Formula 1 five days after title win

Best on the planet Nico Rosberg has declared he has resigned from Formula 1 with prompt impact.

The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes colleague Lewis Hamilton by completing second in the last race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the pinnacle, so this feels right," Rosberg said.

Rosberg won nine of this current season's 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five focuses.

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"For a long time in hustling, it has been my fantasy, my 'a certain something', to wind up Formula 1 best on the planet," he included.

"Through the diligent work, the agony, the penances, this has been my objective. What's more, now I've made it."

The child of Finnish 1982 best on the planet Keke, Rosberg made his F1 make a big appearance for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, completing seventh.

Also, when inquired as to whether there was any shot of an arrival, Rosberg included: "No unquestionably not. End of story. Done."


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Hamilton, who had beaten Rosberg to the title in the past two seasons, said: "He has a family he needs to concentrate on, and F1 takes such a great amount from you.

"It is unquestionably going to be bizarre and it will be miserable to not have him in the group one year from now."

Mercedes group manager Toto Wolff said the news overwhelmed him "totally".

"This is an overcome choice by Nico and a demonstration of the quality of his character," he included.

"The clarity of his judgment implied I acknowledged his choice straight away when he let me know.

"We now need to consider alternatives and we will begin to take a gander at it on Monday."

Rosberg dashed in 206 grands prix, winning 23 and completing on the platform 57 times.

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BBC Sport boss F1 essayist Andrew Benson

Nico Rosberg's choice to report his retirement from Formula 1 only five days subsequent to securing his first world title is a noteworthy stun - yet maybe it ought not be.

The German place everything into this season, as he clarified in his announcement on Friday. The weight of those last few races was plain to see in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, in the way it peeled off him by degrees in the hours after the race.

While pondering how hard winning that title was, without a doubt his musings were likewise about what it would take to outsmart Lewis Hamilton once more. He obviously felt that at 31 years old, with a youthful girl, he was not set up to make those penances once more.