Rosberg becomes the first champion to walk away without defending the title since Prost in 1993.
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Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes.Nico Rosberg was also the first German driver to win the Formula One title with a German car and team. He now becomes the first champion to walk away without defending the title since Frenchman Alain Prost in 1993 .A devoted family man, Rosberg said his wife was the first person to know his decision.He acknowledged that his retirement had put his "racing family" in a difficult position, although Hamilton will now be an even stronger favorite to win his fourth title next season. Rivals also will see a dream vacancy that every driver on the starting grid would jump at if given the chance, Mercedes being the most dominant team in the sport with 19 wins in 21 races this season.Mercedes have won the drivers' and constructors' titles for the past three years, and will start next season, despite significant rule changes, as favorites again.
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