Nico Rosberg started karting at the age of 11 and in 2000 competed in the Formula A championship for MBM. His team won the championship but he was second – behind Lewis Hamilton. He moved to cars for 2002 and dominated the German Formula BMW Championship, winning 9 out of 17 races. Moving to Formula 3 for 2003, Nico only claimed one victory and finished just 8th overall. Staying in F3 for 2004, he won the opening two races. However, with just two more wins all season, he finished in fourth place. Rosberg moved to GP2 in 2005 and won the Championship by 15 points to Heikki Kovalainen.
After winning the GP2 championship, Rosberg was offered a race seat at Williams for 2006. In his first race, he suffered from a collision with Heidfeld but moved up to 7th by the end. He also set the fastest lap, making him the youngest person to set the fastest lap in a race. He qualified third for the next race but his engine failed on lap three. Ending the season in 17th, Rosberg finished 3 places behind teammate Webber. Staying on at Williams in 2007, Rosberg claimed 20 points and a fourth place. This meant that, by the end of the season, he was 9th overall.
With a podium finish at the opening race in Australia, the 2008 season got off to a great start. He also got a second place finish in Singapore. But the car lacked pace and Rosberg was only 13th by the end of the season. With 11 points finished in 2009, Rosberg was signed for Mercedes in 2010.
Many podium finishes and some great qualifying sessions, saw Rosberg beat his teammate Schumacher in the Championship. However, Nico was still without an F1 victory. This didn’t come in 2011, with only one podium finish. Despite this Rosberg finished in 7th overall, still beating Michael Schumacher. His first win came in 2012, in China, but he finished just 9th in the Championship that year.
Teamed up with Lewis Hamilton in 2013, Rosberg took 2 race wins and ended in 6th overall. In a dominant car for 2014, Nico won 5 races. A strong performance all year and consistent results saw him narrowly miss out on the championship to team mate Hamilton. He lost the championship to teammate Hamilton again in 2015, this time by a greater margin, with Rosberg only winning 6 races to his teammate’s 10.
However, the following season he was determined to fight back. A strong performance season-long showing incredible consistency, whilst his teammate was hit with multiple reliability issues, saw Rosberg take his first world championship in the final race of the season. However, less than a week later, he announced his retirement from the sport, leaving Mercedes with a seat to fill in 2017.