F1 world champ Rosberg announces retirement

Newly crowned Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg on Friday announced his retirement.

FILE: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27, 2016. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Newly crowned Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg on Friday announced his retirement.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the German racing driver said that he had achieved his dream of winning an F1 world championship title and that the decision to quit the sport "feels right".

"Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen," Rosberg said.

The 31-year-old Rosberg was crowned world champion at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday after finishing runner-up to his Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton. The German only needed to finish on the podium to secure his maiden world championship title.