Formula One’s newly crowned world champion announced his retirement from the sport on this day in 2016.
Mercedes driver Rosberg had claimed his maiden title at the season-deciding race in just five days earlier – and then made the shock revelation at a press conference in ahead of the FIA’s official prize-giving awards ceremony.
The German, 31, confirmed he took the final decision to walk away from the sport in the hours after his championship triumph.
Rosberg began his grand prix career with Williams in 2006 and competed in more than 200 races.
He joined Mercedes in 2010 and partnered compatriot , the seven-time champion, before , his long-term rival, joined the team from McLaren in 2013.
Hamilton beat Rosberg to the drivers’ championship in both 2014 and 2015, with the German finally ending his long-running losing streak by claiming the 2016 title at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Following his shock revelation, Rosberg later posted a message on Facebook giving more details behind the decision.