F1 world champion Nico Rosberg was shockingly slipped into third place on German sports person of the year award. Nevertheless, Nico delighted in his country’s sporting year.
Rosberg, who took off from the sport five days after winning his maiden title, was beaten by gymnast Fabian Hambuchen and triathlete Jan Frodeno in the men’s award at the gala in Baden-Baden.
The German ceremony, unlike the British Sports Personality of the Year, has an award for each gender, with Angelique Kerber taking up the women’s trophy.
Rosberg, 31, achieved what looks like being his one and only F1 drivers’ championship title by thrashing team mate and rival Lewis Hamilton.
Less than a week after securing the points he needed through a second place at the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg decided to quit, having surpassed his title-winning father, Keke.
Speaking after his step to quit, Rosberg said he felt it was right to go out at the top after fulfilling his childhood dream.
He said: ‘In 25 years in motor racing, it has been my dream, my “one thing” to become Formula One world champion. Through hard work, pain, and sacrifices, this has been my target.
‘Now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, so this decision feels right.’
Rosberg, after the event posted on instagram his latest award alongside the two winners, with a picture captioned ‘Germany rules!’.
Gymnast Fabian Hambuchen, 29, who earned Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 earned the First position . Previously, he collected silver and bronze in London 2012 and Beijing 2008 respectively.
Last year’s winner Jan Frodeno retained his Ironman World Championship in 2016, bagged second prize on this occurrence.
Angelique Kerber won of the female prize after an exceptional season, winning the Australian Open and US Open. Moreover, she is the first German grand slam winner since Steffi Graf in 1999. She became world No1 ahead of Serena Williams.