Rosberg says he had to “give the World Championship back” to Hamilton

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2016 champion Nico Rosberg describes how he had to deliver the F1 World Championship trophy to Lewis Hamilton in 2017, and jokes it was “not cool”.

After Lewis Hamilton beat his team-mate Nico Rosberg for the world title for two years in a row, in 2016 Rosberg finally managed to beat the Briton and win his first F1 championship.

Shortly after winning the title, Nico decided to call it quits and retire from Formula 1.

Interestingly, while on media duties for Sky Sports and the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, Rosberg explained he was only allowed to keep his first Monaco Grand Prix win trophy from 2013, which prompted his colleagues to ask him if he got to keep his F1 championship trophy.

The German then explained he had to ‘return’ it to Lewis Hamilton.

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“No, you have to give the World Championship back,” Rosberg said.

“You only get to keep it for a year. I had to give it to Lewis.”

Asked if he returned it personally, Nico explained:

“No, I had someone pick it up from my house, put it in a boot and drive it to Lewis’ home.”

“That was not cool,” he concluded with a smile.

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