Nico Rosberg announced his retirement on Friday, days after the 31-year-old German driver secured his first Formula One title.
Rosberg edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the standings and in the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to claim the championship. He made his retirement announcement on his Facebook page.
“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion,” Rosberg wrote. “Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. 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.”