Fans React: Nico Rosberg Retirement Announcement
Fans are reacting to Nico Rosberg shockingly announcing his retirement from Formula One on Friday, only five days after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and securing the title of being the number one driver in the world. The Mercedes team racer said in a statement, “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.”
Rosberg noted he had been thinking about retiring since winning the Japanese Grand Prix in October, and is now planning on spending time with his family. “This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said in a statement, “For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one.” See fans’ reaction tweets below!
One user tweeted, “Sad to hear of @Nico_Rosberg leaving the sport! But wise to leave when on top. We’ll miss a great sportsman! #NicoRosberg #retirement.” Another fan wrote, “We are going to miss you @nico_rosberg you are one of the most kind and gracious pilots on the grid. Good luck!” A person with the handle @sahviolin expressed, “My sincere respect to Nico Rosberg for the courage to retire in the most amazing time of his career.” And another user offered, “Great way to go out as a #Formula1 World Champion @nico_rosberg! Lesson to all when you #achieve your goals, you can aim high & go again!”
Other users, however, reacted differently to the news of Rosberg’s retirement. One surprised fan wrote, “Did not see this coming, Rosberg retires!’ “After winning the championship in Abu Dhabi, Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from the race. Well that escalated quick,” stated another. And a user with the handle @M4tt_C tweeted, “Shame to see @nico_rosberg bottle it?…one hit wonder?…got lucky? Anyway, he’ll be wiping nappies, @LewisHamilton will be wiping trophies.”
Meanwhile, @martynconnor expressed, “As if @nico_roseberg is getting hate for leaving #F1 Leave the poor guy alone he just wants to be with family! Is that such a bad thing?” And @dantvhead offered, “Wow @nico_rosberg didn’t see that coming…… many congrats on a great career in particular this season! Good luck on the next chapter….” Gossip Cop will continue to update as more fans react to Nico Rosberg surprisingly retiring from Formula One.