Date of Birth:
Nico Erik Rosberg
Place of Birth:
German / Finnish
Fluent - German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
Married to Vivian
206 (206 starts)
Grand Prix Wins:
Total Series Contested:
Formula BMW ADAC
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula BMW ADAC - (2002)
GP2 Championship - (2005)
F1 World Championship - (2016)
2014 - present
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Sept 2011 - Dec 2011
Nico Rosberg was born on 27th June 1985, in Wiesbaden, Germany. He began Karting at the age of six and competitively at age 10. His strong mindset and determination to become a racing driver meant he had plenty of early success and was enough to convince his father to manage him. Keke never discouraged Nico's career choice, but insisted he maintained good grades at school.
After Karting, further success would follow in Formula BMW ADAC with Nico winning the 2002 title and earning a test at the Williams F1 team. A couple of seasons in F3, supported by his father with Team Rosberg followed before a move into the new GP2 Drivers Championship for 2005. Nico would dominate the championship and win the title that year. At the same time Nico was serving as test driver for Williams and studying towards a place to study aeronautical engineering at Imperial College in London. After impressing Williams, Nico turned down the university place and was signed as a Williams F1 driver for 2006.
This would be a difficult era for Williams. Loosing the factory BMW deal and having to use Cosworth power-plants for 2006, before three years with Toyota engines, harmed the teams competitiveness during this period. Nico would always maximise the available speed in these cars and was not only a regular point scorer but he would also stand on the podium twice in the 2008 season.
The 2010 season saw the return of Mercedes to Grand Prix racing after they bought the 2009 championship winning Brawn team. Nico was signed alongside returning F1 legend Michael Schumacher but the team struggled with only an upgraded 2009 car. Success would soon follow, with Nico taking a maiden win at China in 2012 and then taking a first win around his childhood home of Monaco the following year. From 2014 all the way through to 2016 Mercedes would enjoy a period of sustained domination in F1, with Nico and teammate Lewis Hamilton sharing multiple poles and wins.
This dominance meant that the two drivers were often just fighting each other for wins and championships each year and their personal relationship often suffered as a result. Despite this it would be a very profitable time for Nico, taking 30 poles, winning 23 grand prix and emulating his father by winning the 2016 F1 World Drivers Championship. At the end of 2016 Nico decided to retire from all motor racing driving and focus on his young family. He has since taken on media duties with F1 broadcaster Sky and started an entrepreneurial career focused on the environment.
In 2020 Nico helped to set up Rosberg Xtreme Racing, an off-shoot from Team Rosberg, which will compete in the Extreme E off-road series in 2021 and beyond. As owner of the squad Nico has helped form the team, choose the drivers and he will no doubt take an active role in the environmental projects associated with the series.
Career Highlights - Timeline
1994 - 1996
Starts Karting and wins class in France
Races in Formula Super A series and comes 2nd in European Championship
3rd in Kart World Championship in Germany
1st in Formula BMW ADAC Championship
Williams F1 test (6th December), youngest person to drive a Formula 1 car at that time
8th in F3 Euroseries with 1 win (Team Rosberg)
Second Williams F1 test
4th in F3 Euroseries with 3 wins (Team Rosberg)
Wins Macau-Bahrain F3 Challenge Cup
Wins the very first GP2 Championship with the ART team
Official 2nd test driver role with Williams F1
Makes Formula 1 debut with Williams F1
First F1 podium with 3rd at Australian Grand Prix
Joins the new Mercedes Grand Prix F1 team
Wins first F1 race at the Chinese Grand Prix
Wins both the Monaco and British Grand Prix's
Takes 5 wins and 11 poles in F1, taking a close 2nd in championship and the pole trophy
Wins 6 Grand Prix wins and finishes 2nd in Drivers Championship
Wins third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix
Wins the Formula 1 Drivers World Championship after winning 9 races and taking 8 poles
Retires from F1 and all motorsport driving at the end of the year
Forms Rosberg Xtreme Racing as an evolution of Team Rosberg, to compete in Extreme E.