Nico Rosberg retires: Key milestones in the F1 champion's career

Formula One driver Nico Rosberg announced his retirement shortly after winning the world championship crown.
Formula One driver Nico Rosberg announced his retirement shortly after winning the world championship crown.PHOTO: AFP

Formula One driver Nico Rosberg, fresh from his world championship win, announced his retirement in a tweet on Friday (Dec 2) night.

The 31-year-old Rosberg, whose father Keke took home the trophy in 1982, said in a statement that it has been "my dream, my 'one thing'" for 25 years to achieve the same feat.

We take a look back at Rosberg's high-octane racing career.

1991: Rosberg is given the chance - at the tender age of six - to try his hand at karting under his father's watchful eye.

2000: A 15-year-old on Mercedes-Benz-McLaren's karting team, Rosberg lost the world karting title to long-time frenemy Lewis Hamilton at the Suzuka track in Japan.

2002: Rosberg was allowed to try out for BMW Williams, the youngest person to do so at the time.

This photo taken on Dec 15, 2005 shows Nico Rosberg in the pits during a private test session at the Jerez racetrack in Jerez, Spain.  PHOTO: AFP

2005: Won the newly introduced GP2 Series, earning himself a long-term contract for a spot on the Williams team.

Nico Rosberg talks to his father Keke Rosberg before the start of the Grand Prix of Europe at Valencia Street Circuit in Valencia, Spain on Aug 24, 2008. PHOTO: EPA

2008: Found himself on the podium for the first time, coming in third in the Australian Grand Prix.

2010: Jumped ship from Williams to Mercedes, where he trounced the legendary Michael Schumacher.

Nico Rosberg celebrates on the podium after winning his first Formula One's Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in China on April 15, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

2012: Came in first at the Chinese Grand Prix, the first time in his F1 career.

Nico Rosberg celebrates with his wife Vivian Sibold at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Nov 27, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

2016: Crowned F1 world champion on Nov 27.