Nico Erik Rosberg (born 27 June 1985) is a German-Finnish former racing driver who won the 2016 Formula One World Championship for the Mercedes team. The only child of Keke Rosberg (the 1982 Formula One World Champion) and his German wife, he was raised primarily in the principality of Monaco. Rosberg began competitive go-kart racing at the age of six and began aiming for a career in Formula One four years later. He achieved early success, winning regional and national French championships, before moving to European-based series and world championships.
At the age of sixteen, he progressed to car racing, winning the Formula BMW ADAC Championship with VIVA Racing in 2002 and claiming nine victories. He subsequently moved to the higher-tier Formula 3 Euro Series with Team Rosberg in 2003 and 2004 before winning the inaugural GP2 Series championship with ART Grand Prix in 2005. Rosberg first drove in Formula One with Williams from 2006 to 2009 and achieved two top-three podium finishes for the team in 2008. For 2010, he moved to Mercedes, partnering fellow German and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Rosberg took his first career win at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. He was the teammate of former karting friend and the 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton from 2013 to 2016, finishing runner-up twice and winning the 2016 World Drivers' Championship.
Rosberg announced his retirement from motor racing five days after securing the championship, wanting to spend more time with his family but not wanting his driving ability to atrophy. Overall he competed in 206 Grands Prix. He won 23 of them, finished in the top three in 57, took pole position 30 times, and acquired 1594.5 championship points. In retirement, Rosberg moved into driver management, television punditry, and became an eco-entrepreneur. He was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year and was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame in 2017.