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Nico Rosberg announces shocking retirement after World title win

In an unexpected move, Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula One on 2 December 2016, just five days after he grabbed his first-ever F1 World Champion title in the season’s final race at Abu Dhabi.
●    The 31-year-old, who beat his Mercedes team-mate and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton by five points, stated that he was retiring from the sport to spend more quality time with his wife, Vivian and baby daughter, Alaia.
●    This is the first time that a reigning world champion has decided to quit the sport. Last time something similar happened was in 1993 when Alain Prost announced his retirement after winning his fourth driver’s title.
●    He is the son of former F1 world champion, Keke Rosberg, who won the title in 1982.
●    He won the 2005 GP2 series for the French motor racing team, ART
●    He made his F1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006 for Williams, his father’s old team.
●    He raced for the team from 2006- 2009 and then joined Mercedes from 2010 until 2016. 
●    He raced in 206 Grand Prix competitions and has 23 Formula one wins and 30 Formula one pole positions to his name. 
●    He is also the fourth driver in the history of Formula one to win the Monaco Grand Prix thrice in a row and to have 7 consecutive Grand Prix wins.
●    He has also won the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in 2011, FIA Pole Trophy in 2014 and DHL Fastest Lap.

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