Mission accomplished, says emotional Nico Rosberg after receiving trophy

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 11:39 IST | AFP

Nico Rosberg said it was "mission accomplished" as the German star received his Formula One world championship trophy on Friday, just hours after he stunned sport by deciding to quit

Nico Rosberg, the 2016 F1 World Champion, arrives with his wife Vivian Sibold at a FIA gala in Vienna, Austria on Friday, Pic/AFP
Nico Rosberg, the 2016 F1 World Champion, arrives with his wife Vivian Sibold at a FIA gala in Vienna, Austria on Friday, Pic/AFP

Vienna: Nico Rosberg said it was "mission accomplished" as the German star received his Formula One world championship trophy on Friday, just hours after he stunned sport by deciding to quit.

The 31-year-old paid tribute to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, the outgoing world champion, as well as his father Keke Rosberg who won the F1 title back in 1982.

"It's mission accomplished as far as I am concerned," the German told the FIA prize giving ceremony in Vienna. "I'm so proud to be here. It's been a pretty intense period but it was my childhood dream.

"When I saw this trophy for the first time today, I immediately went and found where my dad's name was on it. It's very special and emotional to share with him what he did 34 years ago."

Rosberg admitted that had he come up short in the championship this year, he would have carried on in 2017. "When I was six, I wanted to be world champion and I have done it. Now on to other things — family first, see what the future holds and just follow my heart."

Rosberg edged Hamilton to the title but praised the Briton. "Lewis was awesome so to take the title away from him is very special," added Rosberg who admitted that winning the title was the second most intense thing he has done.

"Well, watching my wife give birth, that was pretty intense."

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