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Nico Rosberg follows in father's footsteps

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016

KEY FACTS ABOUT NEW FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION NICO ROSBERG

Name: Nico Rosberg

Born: June 27, 1985 (31) - Germany

Formula One debut: Bahrain, Rd 1, 2006

Teams: Williams (2006-2009), Mercedes (2010-2016)

Wins: 23

Podium finishes: 57

Previous championship standings: 2006 - 17th, 2007 - 9th, 2008 - 13th, 2009 - 7th, 2010 - 7th, 2011 - 7th, 2012 - 9th, 2013 - 6th, 2014 - 2nd, 2015 - 2nd

FAST FACTS:

* Becomes the second son to follow in his father's footsteps to win a Formula 1 championship. Keke Rosberg won in 1982, while Graham (1962, 1968) and Damon Hill (1996) are the only other men to have pulled off the feat.

* He set the fastest lap in his debut Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2006.

* Rosberg won his first Grand Prix in his third season with Mercedes, at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix.

* Before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he had the most GP wins without winning a championship.

* He also had the most pole positions without winning a championship.

* Rosberg became only the fourth driver in history to win seven races in a row when he won the last three in 2015 and the first four in 2016.

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