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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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