Collecting his Drivers’ Championship trophy on Friday evening, Nico Rosberg says he is “proud” of what he achieved in what has been a “a pretty intense period.”
Hours after announcing his retirement for Formula 1, the Mercedes driver took to the stage at the FIA prize gala in Vienna.
The German won this year’s World title by five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton having achieved nine race wins and 16 podiums in total.
“I’m so proud to be here,” said Rosberg.
“It’s been a pretty intense period – but my childhood dream.
“When I saw this trophy for the first time today, I immediately went and found where my dad was.
“To share that with him is very, very special.”
Rosberg’s father Keke won the title in 1982 making them only the second father-son pairing to be crowned F1 World Champions.
Hamilton picked up his trophy for finishing second while Daniel Ricciardo was also on hand, having finished third in the Drivers’ standings.