Nico Rosberg

Nico Erik Rosberg
Nico Erik Rosberg

Born: 27 June 1985 in Wiesbaden (Germany)
Website: www.nicorosberg.com
Twitter: @nico_rosberg
Facebook: nicorosberg
F1 involvement: Mercedes driver

GP2 Series statistics

Seasons entered: 1
Races entered: 23
Races started: 23
Podiums: 12
Fastest laps: 5
Best qualifying result: 1st (x4)
Best feature race result: 1st (x3)
Best sprint race result: 1st (x2)
Best championship position: 1st (2005)
Points: 120

Season-by-season

2005 (ART)

Nico Rosberg 2005 GP2 Helmet - Right Side

Races entered: 1
Races started: 23
Podiums: 12
Fastest laps: 5
Best qualifying result: 1st (x4)
Best feature race result: 1st (x3)
Best sprint race result: 1st (x2)
Championship position: 1st
Points: 120

Although Kovalainen won the first ever GP2 race, it was Rosberg who beat him to the 2005 title. After scoring several points and scoring two podiums in a row, Rosberg took his first win at Magny-Cours and repeated the feat at the following event in Silverstone but adding pole position. He did the same at the following round in Hockenheim and this time added the fastest lap of the race. He did not win for 9 more races, but finished 2nd 3 times and 3rd twice in that period, and also set his third pole. At the decisive final round in Bahrain Rosberg became the first driver to ever win both races in a weekend, and also set his fourth pole position of the season. Kovalainen only managed a third place and finished the season 15 points behind him, also with 5 wins to his name.

After GP2

In 2006 Rosberg graduated to F1 with Williams – who would later start the careers of fellow GP2 champions Hulkenberg and Maldonado – and set the fastest lap on his début, clinching 7th place. He repeated that result at the Nurburgring and finished the season 17th. In 2008 he scored a third place at Albert Park and a second place in Singapore, but he only finished 13th in the championship. After another season with the British team, which he finished in 7th, he moved to returning Mercedes alongside Schumacher and held the upper hand on him, scoring three third places on his way to 7th, position he kept in 2011 albeit without podiums. He took his first pole and win in China in 2012 and later finished 2nd in Monaco, but a slow car prevented him from repeating those results and he finished the season 9th. In 2013 he took three poles and two wins, including a double in Monaco, though he lost out in points to team mate Lewis Hamilton. In 2014 Mercedes were crème de la crème and Rosberg beat Hamilton in qualifying, taking eleven poles to seven. However he won five races to Hamilton’s eleven, and despite ten second places he lost the championship to his team mate in the final round.

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