Nico Rosberg retires after F1 world championship win at 31

In a shock announcement on Friday, F1 world champion Nico Rosberg retires just days after claiming his title

Just five days after claiming his first F1 world champion title, Rosberg has retired from the racing sport, saying that winning the championship is him having “climbed his mountain”.

He made the announcement at a press conference in Vienna and explained that he wanted to leave the sport while still at his peak.

In a post on his Facebook page about his retirement, Rosberg wrote that he is now just here to enjoy the moment.

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“There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me,” he wrote.

Rosberg opens up in the Facebook post about how tough this season has been for him, especially considering the many disappointments he faced in the past two years, saying these were what fuelled his motivation to “levels [he] had never experienced before”.

“On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life,” he opened up.

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Rosberg says he made his decision on Monday after he’d reflected for a day on his win, and his wife was the first person he told.

“I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first,” Rosberg writes.

It was last Sunday when Rosberg claimed his maiden title in Abu Dhabi.