Party week continues for the newly-crowned 2016 Formula One World Champion, Nico Rosberg, as he paid a visit to Silver Arrows HQ in Brackley (Great Britain) to celebrate with members of the team.
After winning the title on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, Nico first made a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) where employees of title partner PETRONAS welcomed him to a World Championship party in the PETRONAS Twin Towers followed on Wednesday by a trip to Wiesbaden - the town where he was born.
: "Our championships are your championships, too, and we have achieved this together,” Nico said. "The last 48 hours have been full of some unbelievable emotions and that was another real highlight for me - I wasn't expecting it at all and it just completely blew me away! Incredible and wonderful to see. It's been a pretty intense few days: I'm pretty tired after some hard partying in Abu Dhabi and I've got a few bruises, too, from how hard we celebrated with my friends - but it's just an amazing feeling to think I have achieved that childhood dream and I am World Champion.”
"I have been working towards it since 25 years, my whole life, and it was extremely intense out there on Sunday, touch-and-go at times and it could have been really hairy to lose the championship. But afterwards, it was amazing to share it with everybody, especially with the team. Mercedes is my racing family in F1 and we have been in this together since day one in 2010, just like Petronas - and now we are the best in the world.”
“My best friends came out to Abu Dhabi to surprise me and then, of course, my parents too. It's one of the most emotional parts of it to achieve what my Dad did 34 years ago. My parents had prepared a video of me during my very first couple of days in a go-kart which I had never seen before; when I saw it on Sunday night on social media, I cried my eyes out, thinking of the support from both my parents across all those years.”
And that's how the next few days look set to continue for Nico with the FIA Prizegiving Gala in Vienna lined up for Friday and a trip to an event for Mercedes-Benz employees in Sindelfingen on Saturday.