Nico Rosberg avslutar karriären på topp

Knappt har glädjeruset efter att Nico Rosberg säkrade världsmästerskapet i söndags lagt sig innan han släpper en enorm (sport)nyhetsbomb.

Fem dygn efter säsongens avslutningslopp meddelar den nyblivna världsmästaren att körhandskarna läggs på hyllan. Det är ett beslut som jag vågar påstå att absolut ingen kunde förutspå, andra då än Lewis Hamilton som säger att det inte var någon större överraskning för honom. Min första tanke var att det inte verkar vara vettigt överhuvud taget. Han är nu på toppen och allt löper som det ska. Man brukar ju säga att aptiten växer medan man äter. Men efter att ha läst Nicos meddelande på Facebook om beslutet förstår jag honom bättre. (Meddelandet finns sist i det här inlägget.)

Något lätt beslut var det säkert inte. Men jag tror att Nico, trots att racing varit hans livsstil under en lång tid, vill ha mera tid för familjen. I meddelandet kommer det fram hur viktig hustruns roll varit det här året. Utan hennes insats skulle det säkert inte varit möjligt att vinna. Nu får Vivian se sin make mera och dottern Alaïa får leka med pappa.

All heder och respekt för Nicos beslut!

“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.

This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.

When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.

Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

 

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