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2018-04-26 14:55

Sean Parker

Image: AP / Francisco Seco

Monaco - Former Mercedes racing driver Nico Rosberg revealed what it took to win the Formula 1 world championship. 

In an open conversation with two-time former F1 world champion Mika Häkkinen, Rosberg opened up on how he focused on two things: family and winning the next grand prix in order to lift the 2016 title. 

Rosberg finished runner-up in 2014 and 2015. 

'I didn't read the news anymore'

The 32-year-old German, who retired in December 2016, was riding shotgun in Häkkinen's McLaren P1 for a film on his Youtube channel. 

Rosberg said: "So in my experience what it took to win, was getting rid of everything else in life and really focus on one thing, two things actually, which was family and winning the next race. 

And in the last year (2016), I deleted Facebook. I didn't read the news anymore, I didn't do anything except trying to win the next race, so even when I was at home, how can I recover the best, how can I train the best to prepare for the next race but still be as fresh as possible.

The Finn said: "Nutrition, studying how to sleep with a jet-lag doctor, absolutely everything, and I think that helped me then, in the last year, especially in 2016. It helped me get to my very best level and I don't think I could be better than that."

Watch: Rosberg and Häkkinen in a McLaren P1 

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