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A profile of Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg
Rosberg has struggled this season but is still beating team-mate Schumacher

Nico Rosberg 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 7 17 0 0
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 9 12 0 0
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 4 5 10 10
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 3 5 10 20
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 7 7 6 26
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 7 11 0 26
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 6 11 0 26
European GP 26 Jun 2011 7 7 6 32
British GP 10 Jul 2011 9 6 8 40
German GP 24 Jul 2011 6 7 6 46
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 7 9 2 48
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 5 6 8 56
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 9 23 0 56
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 7 7 6 62
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 23 10 1 63
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 7 8 4 67
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 7 6 8 75
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 7 6 8 83
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 6 7 6 89

"Nico Rosberg has had a frustrating season. He often does pretty well in qualifying, but unlike in previous seasons he has not moved forward to maximise this.

"You don't have to read between the lines to know that he is frustrated by the car's lack of progress.

"He's having to field questions now like 'are you becoming another Nick Heidfeld' in terms of not fulfilling his potential. Pressure is mounting all round and 2012 will be critical for him.

"He must maximise whatever the team gives him, while endeavouring to elevate himself onto the same plane and reputation as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton for the future."


Name three attributes an F1 driver must have.

A feel for what is the quickest way, the skill to process many things at once, and the ability to react quickly to unforeseen occurrences.

What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?

You have to be as close to the limit as possible without going over it.

Formula 1 is not just about the car because…

... the driver can make a difference.

If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would…

... take out some of the technology and make the cars more like they were in the Seventies.

If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be…

... now because it was too dangerous before.

Who is your best friend among the drivers?

I don't have one.

Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?


Describe yourself in a few words

I would say determined, honest and modest.

Do you excel at any other sports?

I'm quite good at many but I don't excel in any.

What car other than an F1 car do you drive?

A Mercedes C63 AMG. It's very cool.

What is your favourite song and what does it remind you of?

A Kings of Leon song. It reminds me of Abu Dhabi last year and partying with friends.

What's the last book that you read?

One of Richard Branson's books.

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Cool, challenging and fortunate.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
The best thing about being an F1 driver is the feeling when you know that you've got the best out of yourself and done a good job in all senses of the word. You have the team behind you and that's a nice feeling.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As unique.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
Probably 2008 when I ran into the back of Lewis Hamilton in the pits in Canada. It was partly my fault because I didn't see the red lights and I didn't stop.

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?

Spa or Monaco?

Team: Mercedes
Team-mate: Michael Schumacher
Previous teams: Williams
Nationality: German
Born: 27/06/1985, Wiesbaden
Grand Prix debut: Bahrain 2006

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

I'd be studying aeronautics in London and from that I would probably have gone into something financial - or I'd be working in a wind tunnel. I study every day. At the moment I'm studying Spanish and photography, it's really important to me.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
Muhammad Ali because of the way he went about things; not what he achieved but the way he achieved - to follow your own path and not to be influenced by what others believe is the truth.

What would be your perfect day off?
I would get up at 7am and start the day in a positive mood. I would have a massive breakfast with Frosties, which is my favourite cereal. Then I'd play soccer with my friends, go for lunch with my family and then get all my friends together at a really cool restaurant in the evening, and then go on to a big club until early the next morning.

Apart from a house, what is the most expensive thing that you own?
My mountain bike, it's one of the best ones.

What is your favourite item of clothing?

What is your favourite music to drive to?

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
Muhammad Ali just because it would be great to have a chat with him. It would be an interesting insight into his way of thinking.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
I'm scared of heights.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
Steve McQueen.

Boxers or briefs?

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
Neither of the two, but Angelina Jolie.

James Bond or Austin Powers?
James Bond.

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Drivers' world championship

Last updated: 27 Nov 2016 14:53 UK
Position Country Driver Points
1 Ger N Rosberg 385
2 GB L Hamilton 380
3 Aus D Ricciardo 256
4 Ger S Vettel 212
5 M Verstappen 204
6 Fin K Raikkonen 186
7 Mex S Perez 101
8 Fin V Bottas 85
9 Ger N Hulkenberg 72
10 Spa F Alonso 54

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