- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Wiesbaden, Germany
Does a strong end to 2015 mean a strong start to 2016 is in prospect for Nico Rosberg? He must hope so after his winning end to a season that saw him beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton thrice in succession, but only after the Englishman had lifted his third drivers’ crown and second in a row.
Nico, son of the 1982 World Champion Keijo ‘Keke’ Rosberg, took pole for all of the final six races, too, as he improved his F1 statistics, if not the one that really mattered most. This may be the year…
As a father, too, he may find it easier to avoid the emotional flashpoints that have always figured in their long competitive rivalry dating back to their days as teenaged Mercedes team-mates in European karting. Then, as now, they enjoyed raw fights on the track in equal machinery.
The two are from very different backgrounds, but that matters not at all when they are so well matched within a team that has at times struggled to keep a cap on their competitive instincts. It will be interesting to see if fatherhood and a family have any affect – as used to be claimed – on Rosberg’s speed as he bids to outwit and outrace Hamilton this year.