|Born||27 June 1985|
Wiesbaden, West Germany
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First Grand Prix||2006 Bahrain Grand Prix|
|Entries||206 (206 starts)|
|Drivers' Championships||1 (2016)|
|Final Grand Prix||2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
Nico Erik Rosberg (born 27 June 1985) is a German Formula One driver, who was the 2016 Formula One World Champion. He is the son of Finnish former world champion Keke Rosberg. Rosberg entered Formula One in 2006 with Williams, the team with which his father had won the 1982 championship. For the 2010 Formula One season, Rosberg joined the Mercedes team. From then Rosberg enjoyed his most successful period, winning 23 Grands Prix and earning 30 pole positions as well as the 2016 World Drivers' Championship.
Rosberg started karting at the age of six. In 2000 he and furture Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton were teammates. Rosberg then progressed up to German Formula BMW in 2002, where he went onto win the championship. In Decmber 2002, at the age of 17, Rosberg tested a Williams-BMW Formula 1 car for the first time. His success in Formula BMW resulted in a move to drive for his father's team in the Formula 3 Euro Series for 2003. Rosberg did well there, and stayed on for 2004. In early 2004, he was granted another taste of Formula One by doing a test session with Williams one again.
In 2005 Rosberg declined an offer of a place on the aeronautical engineering course at Imperial College London, instead joining the ART Grand Prix team in the newly created GP2 Series, becoming the first driver to win the GP2 title. In late 2005, Rosberg was officially confirmed as a Williams driver for the upcoming season. Rosberg recorded the highest score in Williams history in the Engineering Aptitude Test, administered to all new Williams drivers.
In 2014 Rosberg changed the colour of his helmet after 8 years from yellow to dark grey. The overall design included chrome, some Buddhist influence, clean lines and personal symbols and was designed by Jens Munser.
Records and achievementsEdit
- 2016 Formula One World Champion
- 23 Formula One Wins
- 30 Formula One Pole Positions
- 1,532 Formula One laps led
- 7,581 kms led
- 2011 Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
- 2014 FIA Pole Trophy
- 2016 DHL Fastest Lap Award
- Set the fastest lap in his first ever Grand Prix – 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
† Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.
‡ Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance completed.