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2016-12-05 09:41

GOODBYE, F1: What's biggest twist in motorsport this year? Nico Rosberg's shock retirement from F1. Teams and drivers react to the newly-crowned champ's exit from the sport. Image: AFP / Britta Pedersen

Charlen Raymond

Cape Town - In what has been one of the biggest twists of 2016, Nico Rosberg shocked the world of Formula 1 when he announced his retirement from the sport after winning his maiden title.

Even though every driver in F1 is entitled to do what he feels is right but Rosberg literally pulled the rug from underneath the F1 fraternity, and subsequently his fans.

There was absolutely no indication that he'd quit.

He knew his destiny...

The 2016 season, despite dominating most races, has undoubtedly been tough on Rosberg. He was forced to duel with team mate Lewis Hamilton, and every race weekend pushed to grab his first title. Hamilton is not the easiest of team mates is a ruthless opponent on track.

A few seasons in F1 can be mentally and emotionally draining. To a large extent - whether Rosberg will admit it or not - Hamilton is a big influence on the champ's decision to retire. His relationship with Hamilton became increasingly fractious.

READ: OFFICIAL - F1 champ Rosberg retires from racing

Since his last race victory in Japan, Rosberg knew that he might retire from the sport. Yet, he said nothing to no one, except his wife. The two of them discussed it and it was mutually agreed that Rosberg will retire from the sport.

Anyone who saw Rosberg's demeanour on track during the last few races this season, could see that something was off. He wasn't the same driver who won the first five races of the season. He wasn't the same driver who tried to achieve the maximum result.

READ: F1 champ Rosberg retires: Did he deserve his title?

Of the last five races Rosberg only won once and finished in second place for the rest. Ultimately, that was enough to secure the championship.

The response

Read the F1 paddock's Twitter responses to Rosberg's decision to retire:

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