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F1 champion Nico Rosberg announces he quits with immediate effect

Friday, December 02, 2016 - 01:34

Rosberg says he has achieved his dream but it has been extremely tough

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SHOWS: VIENNA, AUSTRIA (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (ORF - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) 2016 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION NICO ROSBERG SAYS: "It's a very special day today, of course as you know to receive the trophy this evening and it will be amazing, but for another reason as well. I want to take the opportunity to announce that I have decided to end my Formula One career in this moment here, on Monday. And so to explain, it's been - ever since I started when I was six years old I had a very very clear dream and that was to become Formula One world champion and that was very very clear in my mind as long as I can think, growing up, and now I have achieved that. I have put everything into that in 25 years of racing, and with the help of everybody around me, with the help of fans and the help of my team and my family and everybody and my friends I've managed to achieve that this year. So it has been an incredible experience for me which I will remember for ever. And at the same time though it's been very tough also because the last two years, losing to Lewis, were very difficult moments for me which fuelled my motivation in a way that I didn't even know was possible, to fight back and achieve my dream finally. So this year yeah was extremely tough because I put absolutely everything into it, didn't leave a stone unturned from Austin last year really where I suffered a lot after that loss." STORY: Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday (December 2) with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes. "I want to take the opportunity to announce that I have decided to end my Formula One career in this moment here, on Monday. And so to explain, it's been - ever since I started when I was six years old I had a very very clear dream and that was to become Formula One world champion and that was very very clear in my mind as long as I can think, growing up, and now I have achieved that. I have put everything into that in 25 years of racing, and with the help of everybody around me, with the help of fans and the help of my team and my family and everybody and my friends I've managed to achieve that this year. So it has been an incredible experience for me which I will remember for ever," the German told reporters in Vienna, before the FIA award ceremony during which he will receive the Formula One drivers' trophy. The driver, who had given no previous indication of his intentions, said he had made the decision the day after the title race. Rosberg did not say what he planned to do next. He will leave with a record of 23 wins in 206 races - putting him equal 12th on the all-time lists with Brazilian triple champion Nelson Piquet - and as only the second son of a champion to take the title. His Finnish father Keke was champion with Williams in 1982. Nico Rosberg was also the first German driver to win the Formula One title with a German car and team, and now becomes the first champion to walk away without defending the title since Frenchman Alain Prost in 1993.

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F1 champion Nico Rosberg announces he quits with immediate effect

Friday, December 02, 2016 - 01:34