In the last few hours, an announcement has shooked the entire F1 fraternity. For the first time since 1993 the reigning defending world champion has retired and will not defend his title next season. Nico Rosberg achieved his life-long ambition just one weeks ago when he won the Formula One world championship.
However, this chapter of his life is over. The big question now is who will replace the outgoing champion?
Regardless of whether you believe Rosberg deserved the championship he was the winner. Whether one takes today's breaking news as with respect or cowardice depends on your opinion on of his abilities.
On one hand we see a young boy who dreamed of nothing more than to emulate his father's achievement of becoming the world champion in Formula One. Having achieved this life ambition there is a question over what Nico had left to achieve in the sport.
On the flipside however there were his many critics, particularly in the UK, who felt that after three years of Mercedes domination Rosberg showed that he has inferior pace to that of his teammate - or should I say ex-team mate - Lewis Hamilton.
Those people who have this viewpoint will take today's news as one of the German running scared. They believe after three years of fighting for the championship and four as team mates, Rosberg has had a moment of realisation and today's announcement only strengthens the belief that on raw speed Hamilton is the faster of the two.
No matter what your personal opinion is, today Rosberg will retire with a world championship to his name and regardless of who you your champion is, the true champion shall be absent next season.
Reports of Mercedes junior driver Pascal Wehrlein taking the seat from his fellow countrymen next season have grown ever stronger and this begs the question - should Mercedes have the pace again next year who will become Hamilton's teammate and finally whether or not we shall see Rosberg emerge again?
by Matthew Gannon