Nico Rosberg


Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg 2010 Malaysia.jpg
Rosberg at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
Born 27 June 1985 (1985-06-27) (age 26)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Team Mercedes
Car # 8
Races 107
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 5
Career points 300.5
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 2
First race 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last race 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2010 position 7th (142 pts)

Nico Erik Rosberg (born 27 June 1985 in Wiesbaden, West Germany) is a racing driver for the Mercedes GP Formula One team. He races under the German flag in Formula One, although he competed for Finland earlier in his career. He holds dual nationality of these two countries.[1]

Rosberg won the 2005 GP2 Series for the ART team, having raced in Formula Three Euroseries previously for his father's team.

For the 2010 Formula One season, Rosberg joined the re-branded Mercedes team, formed by Mercedes' takeover of 2009 constructors' champions Brawn GP.

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Early and personal life

The son of Finnish 1982 Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg and his German wife Sina, Nico spent much of his youth in Monaco with his family, and still lives in the principality. Rosberg speaks fluent German, English, Italian, Spanish and French; but only a little Finnish, though he is learning the language. In lower formulae drivers race under the nationality of the country that issued their racing licence. Rosberg competed under the Finnish and German flags at different times during his early career.[1] In Formula One, as for all FIA world championships, a driver's nationality is defined by his passport.[2] Rosberg races under the German flag in Formula One.

Career

1996–2004: Junior Formulae

Rosberg won the 2002 German Formula BMW championship, an important milestone in his racing career.

Rosberg started out in karting in 1996, at the age of eleven, before moving up to German Formula BMW in 2002, where he won the title. His performances resulted in a move to drive for his father's team in Formula Three Euroseries, a combination of the several national Formula Three championships that had existed prior to its formation. Rosberg did well there, and stayed on for 2004. In early 2004, he got one of his first tastes of Formula One by doing a test session with Williams.[3]

2005: GP2 – ART Grand Prix

Offered a place on the Aeronautical Engineering course at Imperial College London;[4] Rosberg declined and in 2005 joined the ART Grand Prix team in the newly created GP2 Series. He went on to become the first driver to win the GP2 title.

Formula One

2006–2009: Williams

2006
Rosberg at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix

In late 2005, Rosberg was officially confirmed as a Williams driver for the 2006 season. In the Engineering Aptitude Test, administered to all new Williams drivers, Rosberg achieved the highest score in the team's history.[5] In the first Formula One race of his young career in Bahrain, Rosberg was driving a car which was not considered competitive enough to get to the podium.[6] and also had to fight his way through the field after losing his nose cone on the first lap. Nonetheless, he finished in the points, seventh behind teammate Mark Webber, and recorded the fastest lap, becoming the youngest driver to do so in F1 history. Following this he was linked with a move to teams such as McLaren.[citation needed]

He qualified third at the next round Malaysia, but his Cosworth engine, on its second mandatory race, blew up after only seven laps. Rosberg did get into the points for the second time in the 2006 season at the European Grand Prix, benefiting from the hydraulic failure of his teammate.

The rest of the 2006 season went less well for Rosberg; he retired in four of the next seven Grand Prix, and in the ones he did finish he was outside the points. His closest attempt to get into the points was in Britain, where he was just one second behind eighth placed Jacques Villeneuve. Rosberg scored a total of four points, three less than teammate Webber, over the course of what was a disappointing season for both himself and for the Williams team.

2007
Rosberg at the 2007 British Grand Prix

Williams brought in new Toyota engines for 2007, along with a new team-mate, Alexander Wurz. Rosberg's old team-mate, Mark Webber, had moved to partner David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing. Initially, the Toyota powered FW29 showed potential in the pre-season test sessions.[7] However, Rosberg remained realistic: "in F1 you cannot normally just jump back to the front [of the grid] from one year to the next".[8]

Rosberg scored his best result of 2007 with fourth place at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix, overtaking both BMW Saubers in the process.

In 2007, Rosberg finished in the points seven times, including a career best fourth at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. He also placed seventh in the Australian, Hungarian and Turkish Grands Prix and came home sixth at the Italian and Belgian Grands Prix. At the Canadian Grand Prix, Rosberg qualified seventh and moved up two places from the start:

"Early in the race I thought I was set for a good result because I was running fifth and the car felt really good, but then the Safety Car came out on lap 21... I had to stop for fuel on lap 23, which meant I missed the re-fuelling window by 13 seconds and that effectively ended my race. New rules punish people who pit immediately after the Safety Car comes out, so I was given a 10s stop-go penalty and all I could manage after that was 10th place."[9]

He suffered only three retirements during 2007; hydraulic failure 14 laps from home in Malaysia and an oil leak at the US Grand Prix five laps from the finish (although classified 16th), where he was on course for sixth place. He had started the race 14th having "glazed" his brakes during qualifying, therefore damaging his confidence. An electronics glitch also put him out of the Japanese Grand Prix.

During the first half of 2007 season, Rosberg saw his teammate Alexander Wurz score more points, but later in the season Rosberg passed Wurz in world championship points, eventually more than quadrupling his 2006 points haul with 20 points.

2008

Rosberg secured the first podium finish of his career with a strong drive to third place at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix. However, the remainder of the season was more of a struggle. He was given a 10 place grid penalty for the French Grand Prix, as a result of crashing into the back of Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane at the Canadian Grand Prix, despite only his race being affected by the incident as Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen were already eliminated.

In September he finished second to Fernando Alonso in the floodlit Singapore Grand Prix after leading a Grand Prix for the first time in his career. This result was despite incurring a 10-second stop-go penalty for pitting while the pitlane was closed immediately after the deployment of the safety car. However, as what appeared to be a simple administrative formality took ten laps to issue, and the slow car of Giancarlo Fisichella was between Rosberg and the next competitive car during those laps, he did not lose much time and rejoined fifth, whereas Robert Kubica dropped from fourth to last on the same penalty for the same offence.

2009
Rosberg driving for Williams at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix

Rosberg had a solid season in 2009, scoring points at almost every race and also consistently qualifying in the top ten. He opened the season with a solid 6th place in Melbourne, before fading somewhat in the next three races. From China onwards however, he has only improved, finishing 8th, then 6th, then 5th twice. At his home race in Germany, he put in arguably the best drive of his career, when he overcame fuel problems to climb from 15th on the grid and finish 4th ahead of championship leader Jenson Button. He then followed this up with another 4th place in the Hungarian Grand Prix and 5th in the European Grand Prix. Despite scoring a point in the Belgian Grand Prix, Rosberg's effort to score points at every race in the European season was ended by a lack of pace at Monza. Despite this, Rosberg returned to competitiveness at the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix by qualifying 3rd and putting in the fastest lap of the weekend in Q2 (1:46.197). Despite overtaking Sebastian Vettel off the line, and being on course for 2nd place or even a maiden victory, Rosberg undid all his good work by crossing the white line out of his first pit stop and incurring a drive-through penalty just in time for the safety car. With the field bunched, he dropped to the back, effectively ruining his race. Rosberg apologised to the team afterward, calling his mistake 'silly' and 'stupid'. Rosberg managed to claim 5th place at the Japanese Grand Prix after qualifying 11th and starting in P7 on a good strategy after a number of grid penalties. Soon after the race Jenson Button reported Rosberg to race stewards for speeding under yellow flag conditions, but Rosberg was cleared after stewards discovered that his dashboard display was only showing that he had low fuel. This bagged Rosberg 4 points, putting him in 7th place in the Drivers Championship with 34.5 points and Williams 6th in the constructors. Rosberg scored every point for the Williams team during the 2009 season.

2010–: Mercedes GP

2010
Rosberg driving for Mercedes at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

On 29 October 2009 Rosberg announced he was leaving the Williams team at the end of the season. He commented that Williams "have really supported my career over the years and I'd like to say a big thank you to them. However, I'm not sure they can win races at the moment and I would like to".[10] On November 16, 2009, Brawn GP was bought by Mercedes and re-branded as Mercedes GP for the 2010 Formula One season. On November 23, 2009, Rosberg was announced as the team's first driver.[11] On December 23, 2009, Michael Schumacher was announced as Rosberg's team-mate, and was given Rosberg's car number (3) because of superstitious reasons.[12] Despite much hype concerning Schumacher's comeback, Rosberg has currently managed to successfully out-qualify and out-race his team mate at most races. In Malaysia, Rosberg achieved his first front row grid start, having qualified second in a qualifying session disrupted by rain; again out-qualifying Schumacher. He eventually finished third in the race; Mercedes' first podium as a works team since their comeback. His third place at the Chinese Grand Prix provided Rosberg with his second podium in succession, and he momentarily moved into second place in the drivers' standings.

He finished seventh at Monaco, fifth in Turkey and sixth in Canada, but only tenth in the European Grand Prix. However, in the British Grand Prix, Rosberg managed a podium finish in third place by holding off Alonso and then Button. But at the German Grand Prix, Mercedes were once again off the pace, and Rosberg could only finish eighth, ahead of teammate Schumacher. Hungary looked more promising, but he lost a wheel while exiting his pit stop and was forced to retire from a point-scoring position. His race at Spa was more successful, and a race-long duel with Schumacher left Rosberg narrowly ahead of his team mate in sixth. The Italian Grand Prix yielded another consistent finish in fifth, achieved mainly by passing both Red Bulls at the start, and took another fifth place finish in Singapore.

However, he was hit by bad luck in Japan, when under pressure from Schumacher, a wheel detached itself from his car and put Rosberg into the wall. At the inaugural Korean Grand Prix he was even more unfortunate, when while running a strong fourth, he retired from the race after being collected by Mark Webber. Webber had spun into the wall and momentum took him back onto the racing line and left Rosberg with nowhere to go and the two collided. The race at Interlagos was more positive, with Rosberg finishing sixth, despite three pit stops, two of which were taken under safety car conditions which minimised a loss of track position. The following week in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg again pitted under the safety car and this allowed him to finish fourth, a result that secured him seventh in the Drivers' Championship. Rosberg finished 16 of the season's 19 races, of which 15 were points-scoring finishes.

Rosberg at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
2011

The new Mercedes MGP W02 proved to be very fast in winter testing. In Australia, Rosberg showed his speed until retiring due to a collision with Barrichello. In Malaysia, Rosberg started 9th and finished 12th, meaning that for the first time in his career he failed to score a single point in the opening two races of a season. Rosberg took his first points finish of the season in China, having qualified fourth and finishing fifth, as well as leading fourteen laps during the race.[13] Rosberg also praised the newly-introduced Drag Reduction System, stating that it could turn out to be one of the best rules in Formula One history.[14]

Records and achievements

  • Youngest driver to set the fastest lap: 20 years, 258 days in 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Scored first podium for Mercedes GP Petronas at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
  • Most points without a win in 2011 German Grand Prix

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2001 Formula BMW Junior Cup Iberia 3 0 0 0 0 38 18th
2002 Formula BMW ADAC VIVA Racing 20 5 9 1 13 264 1st
2003 Formula Three Euroseries Team Rosberg 20 1 1 2 5 45 8th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2004 Formula Three Euroseries Team Rosberg 19 3 2 2 5 70 4th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Bahrain Superprix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2005 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 23 5 4 5 12 120 1st
2006 Formula One AT&T Williams 18 0 0 1 0 4 17th
2007 Formula One AT&T Williams 17 0 0 0 0 20 9th
2008 Formula One AT&T Williams 18 0 0 0 2 17 13th
2009 Formula One AT&T Williams 17 0 0 1 0 34.5 7th
2010 Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas 19 0 0 0 3 142 7th
2011 Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas 18 0 0 0 0 83* 7th*

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula Three Euroseries results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Team Rosberg Dallara F303/005 Spiess-Opel HOC1
1

Ret
HOC1
2

3
ADR
1

Ret
ADR
2

2
PAU
1

15
PAU
2

17
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

Ret
LMS
1

1
LMS
2

11
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

3
A1R
1

8
A1R
2

3
ZAN
1

18
ZAN
2

8
HOC2
1

7
HOC2
2

14
MAG
1

6
MAG
2

Ret
8th 45
2004 Team Rosberg Dallara F303/006 Spiess-Opel HOC1
1

1
HOC1
2

1
EST
1

Ret
EST
2

4
ADR
1

5
ADR
1

Ret
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

Ret
NOR
1

4
NOR
1

17
MAG
1

6
MAG
2

2
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

3
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

DNS
BRN
1

4
BRN
2

11
HOC2
1

8
HOC2
2

8
4th 70

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 ART Grand Prix SMR
FEA

8
SMR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

9
ESP
SPR

4
MON
FEA

3
EUR
FEA

3
EUR
SPR

4
FRA
FEA

7
FRA
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

1
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

2
TUR
FEA

17
TUR
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

5
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

1
1st 120

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2006 WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW28 Cosworth CA2006 2.4 V8 BHR
7
MAL
Ret
AUS
Ret
SMR
11
EUR
7
ESP
11
MON
Ret
GBR
9
CAN
Ret
USA
9
FRA
14
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
TUR
Ret
ITA
Ret
CHN
11
JPN
10
BRA
Ret
17th 4
2007 AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 AUS
7
MAL
Ret
BHR
10
ESP
6
MON
12
CAN
10
USA
16
FRA
9
GBR
12
EUR
Ret
HUN
7
TUR
7
ITA
6
BEL
6
JPN
Ret
CHN
16
BRA
4
9th 20
2008 AT&T Williams Williams FW30 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 V8 AUS
3
MAL
14
BHR
8
ESP
Ret
TUR
8
MON
Ret
CAN
10
FRA
16
GBR
9
GER
10
HUN
14
EUR
8
BEL
12
ITA
14
SIN
2
JPN
11
CHN
15
BRA
12
13th 17
2009 AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 AUS
6
MAL
8
CHN
15
BHR
9
ESP
8
MON
6
TUR
5
GBR
5
GER
4
HUN
4
EUR
5
BEL
8
ITA
16
SIN
11
JPN
5
BRA
Ret
ABU
9
7th 34.5
2010 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 BHR
5
AUS
5
MAL
3
CHN
3
ESP
13
MON
7
TUR
5
CAN
6
EUR
10
GBR
3
GER
8
HUN
Ret
BEL
6
ITA
5
SIN
5
JPN
17
KOR
Ret
BRA
6
ABU
4
7th 142
2011 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W02 Mercedes FO 108Y 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
12
CHN
5
TUR
5
ESP
7
MON
11
CAN
11
EUR
7
GBR
6
GER
7
HUN
9
BEL
6
ITA
Ret
SIN
7
JPN
10
KOR
8
IND
6
ABU
6
BRA
7th* 83*

* Season in progress.
Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance completed.

References

  1. ^ a b Shedding a father's shadow: the new GP2 champion's route to the top 5th chapter
  2. ^ FIA International Sporting Code paragraph 112
  3. ^ http://xserve2.com/ns/ns12402.html – GrandPrix.com – "The fourth driver at Williams"
  4. ^ McRae, Donald (2006-03-07). "New kid on the grid follows his father's formula". London: sport.guardian.co.uk. http://sport.guardian.co.uk/formulaone/story/0,,1725017,00.html?gusrc=rss. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  5. ^ "The Talented Mr. Rosberg" Autosport.com. Retrieved 26 September 2006
  6. ^ "Williams Admits Humiliating Season" Yahoo.com. Retrieved 26 September 2006
  7. ^ "First impressions – Williams is quick". GrandPrix.com. February 7, 2007. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns18023.html. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive interview – Williams' Nico Rosberg". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 22 February 2007. http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2007/2/5675.html. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Nico's Notes from Montreal". attWilliams.com. February 7, 2007. http://www.williamsf1.co.uk/. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  10. ^ "Rosberg announces Williams exit". BBC Sport (BBC). 2009-10-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8331563.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  11. ^ http://www.brawngp.com/readstory.asp?bgp=j%C1%AA%C0rZ%7D%5F
  12. ^ "Schumacher to be number 3 at Mercedes". SportNetwork.net (Durham Associates Group). 20 January 2010. http://www.f1network.net/main/s169/st153289.htm. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Mercedes 'optimistic again' about pace". Yahoo! Eurosport (TF1 Group). 17 April 2011. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/17042011/66/mercedes-optimistic-pace.html. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Noble, Jonathan (19 April 2011). "DRS hailed as 'best idea ever'". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/90876. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
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German Formula BMW
Champion

2002
Succeeded by
Maximilian Götz
Preceded by
Vitantonio Liuzzi (F3000)
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2005
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Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
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Records
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21 years, 321 days
(2003 Canadian GP)
Youngest driver to set
Fastest Lap in Formula One

20 years, 258 days
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