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Not even one week after winning his first Formula One championship, Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from Formula One after 11 seasons of racing in the series.
Rosberg, 31, competed in 206 races in his 11-year Formula One career. From the 2006 season through the 2009 season, he raced for the Williams F1 Team and AT&T Williams. From the 2010 season through the 2016 seasons, he raced for the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team and the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Rosberg earned his first victory in Formula One with a victory in the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix in a race around the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. He went on to win two races in the 2013 season, five races in the 2014 season, six races in the 2015 season, and a career high of nine races in the 2016 season en route to winning his first Formula One championship. His nine race victories in the 2016 season are tied for the 8th highest amount in a single season of all time.
Rosberg ends his Formula One racing career with 23 career victories, which is tied for 12th on the all-time list. In the final three races of the 2015 season and the first four races of the 2016 season, Rosberg was victorious at each of them, giving him a seven-race win streak at Mexico, Brazil, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Bahrain, China, and Russia, respectively. That streak is tied for the 2nd longest streak in Formula One racing history.
While Rosberg’s announcement of his retiring comes as a shock to most people, no one can blame him for walking away on top of the world after a long and successful career.