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Nico Ros­berg has said that he didn’t know whether he would be coura­geous enough to go through with his de­ci­sion to walk away from F1 af­ter claim­ing the world ti­tle in Abu Dhabi at the end of last month.

That sounds strange, doesn’t it? But think about that choice of words for a mo­ment. Walk­ing away from a pas­sion that has been his sole fo­cus and dream since he was six years old is not some­thing that any per­son could take lightly. It is go­ing to al­ter his en­tire life, and he cer­tainly didn’t want to make that choice and re­gret it.

It is also highly un­usual. The last time the de­fend­ing cham­pion didn’t re­turn to de­fend his crown was in 1994. The time be­fore that was in 1974. Lis­ten­ing to Ros­berg at the Autosport Awards on Sun­day evening, it was clear that he is now a man very com­fort­able in his own skin. There was no un­cer­tainty in his voice and he was re­laxed and forth­com­ing.

As Mark Web­ber said when he stepped on the stage im­me­di­ately af­ter Ros­berg, it seems that even af­ter only three days since the an­nounce­ment of his re­tire­ment, the new found free­dom was suit­ing him.

It was a shock, yes, but you can do noth­ing but wish him ev­ery happiness. Matt James, Edi­tor

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Mark Reeves took this photo, which harks back to Sil­ver­stone WEC Drift­ing ac­tion from Don­ing­ton Park, taken by Jamie Pinch­beck

Jack Mor­ris snapped this Honda Civic Type R

Bert Ver­straete caught this Avenger Greg Tomkins’s pic from re­cent Subaru gath­er­ing

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