Mercedes' Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany is carried by fans after winning the Formula One world championship. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Nico Rosberg, son of 1982 world champion Keke, could be considered a chip off the old block after the Mercedes driver followed his Finnish father in winning the Formula One title – but that would be a mistake.Much of the debate in the run-up to the title decider focused on whether Rosberg, who has also had to contend with jibes that he is not really German, would make a "boring" champion.Formula One's 86-year-old supremo Bernie Ecclestone has made little secret of the fact that the edgier Briton, whose background is a world apart from Rosberg's privileged upbringing, is better box office.Ross Brawn, the former Mercedes team principal who lured Rosberg from Williams to the now multiple championship-winning team, has no illusions.Losing out to Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, Rosberg started 2016 with four straight victories.A teenage friend and teammate of Hamilton in karting, the pair know each other and their emotional foibles better than any other drivers on the grid.
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