F1 world champion Nico Rosberg retired to spend time with wife and kid

Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 12:56 IST | Agencies |

German racer Nico Rosberg reveals reason behind early retirement; says he wanted to spend more time with wife Vivian & daughter Alaia

Nico Rosberg with wife Vivian. Pic/AFP
Nico Rosberg with wife Vivian. Pic/AFP

Nico Rosberg's decision to retire suddenly from Formula One came about because of his desire to spend more time with wife Vivian and 15-month-old daughter Alaia.

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The German felt his intense rivalry with British racer Lewis Hamilton was putting stress on his family.

Rosberg with his daughter Alaia. Pic/Nico's Instagram account
Rosberg with his daughter Alaia. Pic/Nico's Instagram account

"This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target," he was quoted as saying by The Sun.

"I didn't know if I had the b***s, and I took a bit of time. But I am done. End of story, and the next step is being a dad and a husband and I am very much looking forward to that," added Rosberg.

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