Who is Nico Rosberg?
Motorsports fans following the Formula 1 circuit certainly know the name. After all, Nico Rosberg has dominated the circuit this year with four consecutive wins, most recently capturing the May 1 Russian Grand Prix with a commanding performance from pole to flag. Rosberg’s win over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was his seventh win in a row dating back to the 2015 season, so it’s clear that he’s currently the preeminent driver on the F1 circuit.
At age 30, Nico Rosberg has compiled an impressive motorsports resume that dates to the early 1990s and his start in go-karts. (In case you recognize the surname, it’s because he’s the son of 1982 Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg.) Nico was born in Wiesbaden, Hesse, West Germany and grew up in Monaco where he still resides. His first major championship came in 2002 in the German Formula BMW series. After competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series for two years and compiling three wins, he made the move to the GP2 Series, an open wheel circuit recognized as a stepping-stone to Formula One. He found immediate success in GP2, becoming the series’ first champion in 2005).
In 2005, Nico did dual duty, running the GP2 series while serving as a test driver for the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited F1 Team. This was his first taste of Formula One driving, and his skills were recognized quickly and earned him a spot on Williams’ two-driver roster, alongside Mark Webber, Now in his eleventh season in Formula One, Nico Rosberg has become a familiar sight on the podium, with a total of 18 wins in 189 starts (through the May 1 Russian Grand Prix). Even more impressive, though, is his podium frequency–45 podium finishes (roughly 48%) to go along with the 24 poles he’s achieved.
Although he has yet to win the Formula One Championship, his runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015 make him a prime candidate to add this major credential to an already-imposing resume.