Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has shocked the sport by announcing his retirement with immediate effect.
The Mercedes driver, who only clinched the F1 world title last Sunday by winning the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, said the last seven months had been ‘tough’ and he has thanked his family, friends and colleagues for their support during his racing career.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, the 31-year-old said: “I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.
“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. I took my decision on Monday evening.”
Mercedes is yet to confirm who will replace Rosberg and line up with Lewis Hamilton for the 2018 season.
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