The Finnish talent with German precision, Nico Rosberg has the dream dual nationality. Son of champion Keke Rosberg, Nico was born into a racing dynasty and turned down an aeronautical engineering course to compete, and win, the inaugural GP2 series for ART.
In 2006, he joined forces with Williams who were decent, however, not podium contenders. A bright start to the year was left unfulfilled as a second half slump ended Williams association with Cosworth engines, with only seven points for Webber and four for Rosberg.
For 2007, Williams became Toyota-powered and joining Rosberg was Austrian veteran Alex Wurz. Rosberg had seven points finishes including a fourth at the finale in Brazil. He also was one of the drivers against the penalty for refuelling after the introduction of a safety car, saying: "Early in the race I thought I was set for a good result because I was running fifth and the car felt really good, but then the Safety Car came out on lap 21... I had to stop for fuel on lap 23, which meant I missed the re-fuelling window by 13 seconds and that effectively ended my race. New rules punish people who pit immediately after the Safety Car comes out, so I was given a 10s stop-go penalty and all I could manage after that was 10th place."
He quadrupled his points total compared to the season previous to this one and beat Wurz with 20 points and only three retirements over the season.
Rosberg was retained for 2008 and had a third teammate, Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima, who he regularly outshone. The season opener in Australia has provided first podiums for many: Vitaly Petrov (2011), Lewis Hamilton (2007) and in 2008, Nico Rosberg.
However, he had a bigger struggle for the remainder of the year; his next shining moment was in Singapore where he led his first race. But he fell victim again to the controversial rule stating how the pit lane is closed while the safety car is out. This penalty was inflicted on him by 'crashgate' when Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately crashed under Renault orders. This relegated him to fifth in the race. Nico would recover to second, however, it was a race of what could have been for Williams and Rosberg.
He didn't have any great results until 2009 when Rosberg and Nakajima drove Williams’ best season in recent years by finishing in the points at nearly all races including a sensational fourth place at his home event in Germany, recovering from 15th after a fuel problem in qualifying.
At Singapore again he was in contention for victory, however, once again a mistake cost him a shot at the top spot on the podium. It was all because he crossed the White line on the exit of the pitlane, something he has described as "silly" and "stupid". Rosberg scored 34.5 points in 2009 (half points awarded in Malaysia) which was all of Williams's points total for the year.
At the start of the new decade, Rosberg switched seats with Rubens Barrichello of Brawn GP to drive for the newly named Mercedes F1 team. He partnered living legend Michael Schumacher who had made a comeback after a three year hiatus. At Mercedes, he achieved his first front row start with a P2 in Malaysia where rain caused some of the big names to miss out on Q2. He followed this up with Mercedes's first podium place as a works team since the 1950s. He then scored another podium finish at the next race in China and a further one later on in the season in Britain. Rosberg took 16/19 race finishes and 15 of those in the points.
2011 was another season with little highlights, again out scoring Schumacher but his next podium would come in 2012, arguably his best season yet. China was the big one where he won his first race at the same race as his first pole position. Furthermore, he clinched Mercedes's first win since Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, prior to their withdrawal from the sport. In addition to that, Rosberg became the first German driver to win a grand prix driving a German car since Hermann Lang´s victory at the 1939 Swiss Grand Prix and the first driver to win a grand prix during the life of their father who also achieved a grand prix victory.
He achieved a second in Monaco where Schumacher qualified on pole. Sadly Schumacher only finished ninth, having lost places on the starting grid due to a penalty. The car waned off the pace as the season progressed and Rosberg found points fewer.
Rosberg returned to winning ways in 2013 with two wins, one at Monaco, 30 years after his father Keke won the race. He followed it up with another race win in Britain, however, only after Vettel suffered technical failure and another new team mate in Lewis Hamilton had a infamous tyre failure.
Mercedes turned Rosberg into a title contender by delivering the stand out car/engine package in 2014. It was clear from race 1 it was going to be a two horse race between Nico (Rosberg) and Lewis (Hamilton). Rosberg led for most of the season with arguably better luck and reliability in the early part of the year. Things changed in the second half of the year where he had reliability issues himself and on the final day, Hamilton pipped the limping Mercedes of his teammate to win the world championship.
This season, the intra-team battle between the two has been one-side. After an engine explosion in Monza, Hamilton has a 53 point advantage and should there be no issues with breakdowns looks to have one hand on his third crown.. Next year, Rosberg could take the fight if he can develop the gap lunging racing instinct the likes of Hamilton, Senna and Schumacher have shown.