‘The thrill of racing is driving on the edge’: Nico Rosberg

The F1 world champion on meditation, British etiquette and retiring at 31

My first memory is of seeing Ayrton Senna in his yellow helmet as he raced his McLaren through the Monaco tunnel. I was three years old. We were staying on a friend’s boat near the chicane and at 8am I heard the roar of the car’s V10 engine fly past during warm-up, so I ran outside. The sound was unbelievable.

My dad was also a racing driver, but my personality is closer to my mum’s. My racing style expressed that a little bit because my dad [Keke Rosberg, the 1982 F1 world champion] was a completely crazy guy in a race car, always over the limits, whereas I was much more controlled and smooth.

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Source: Formula 1

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