Team Mercedes AMG Petronas
Nationality German
Date of Birth 27 Jun 1985
F1 Debut Bahrain 2006 with Williams Cosworth
F1 Team Williams, Mercedes

Nico Rosberg

In Singapore

Rosberg in Singapore:

2008 Williams: qualified 9th, finished 2nd
2009 Williams: qualified 3rd, finished 11th
2010 Mercedes: qualified 7th, finished 5th
2011 Mercedes: qualified 7th, finished 7th
2012 Mercedes: qualified 10th, finished 5th
2013 Mercedes: qualified 2nd, finished 4th
2014 Mercedes: qualified 2nd, finished DNF
2015 Mercedes: qualified 6th, finished 4th

Building on momentum

Nico Rosberg showed that he had one-lap pace in 2014, out-qualifying his teammate Lewis Hamilton and scoring 11 pole positions on his way to the inaugural FIA pole position trophy, but he could not match that feat last year.

The German did win five times in 2015, with a further nine podiums, but he could do little to stop Hamilton winning his second successive title. Rosberg did win the final three races of the year and will be looking to build on that momentum in 2016.

The son of 1982 World Champion, Keke Rosberg of Finland, Nico was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and brought up in Monaco. His knowledge of Formula One history is encyclopaedic, but he has interests outside of the sport, including soccer and tennis. He’s also a keen poker, backgammon and chess player and can speak five languages.

After early success in European karting, Formula BMW and the F3 Euroseries, Rosberg really hit the headlines when he became the first-ever GP2 champion in 2005. He entered Formula One with his father's former team, Williams, setting fastest lap in Bahrain on his debut in 2006.

In 2010, Mercedes recruited him on their return to the sport for the first time since the 1950s. Since then, Rosberg has proved that he can work with and match two of the most fearsomely competitive teammates in the sport; Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.

He took his first pole position and victory in China 2012 and added two more wins in Monaco and Silverstone in 2013. The German’s upward trajectory with the team continued in 2014 but he was just pipped to the title by his childhood friend and teammate Hamilton. Although he lost out to Hamilton again in 2015, will that disappointment and his late season success spur him onto the title in 2016?