Formula One champion Nico Rosberg announces retirement

FILE PHOTO - This is a Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, center right, as he is sprayed with champagne by his team after placing second and becoming 2016 world champion at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Rosburg announced Friday Dec. 2, 2016 that he will retire from Formula One racing. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

VIENNA (AP) – Formula One champion Nico Rosberg is retiring.

The German driver says he made the decision Monday evening, a day after claiming his first title by finishing second at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes says on its website that Rosberg “will stop racing in Formula One with immediate effect.”

Rosberg won 23 races and 30 pole positions.

Rosberg says on Facebook “I am on the peak, so this feels right.”


 

 

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