Although having the backing of his father, Nico didn’t buy his way in to F1. Instead, he fought through in many championships to earn his spotlight. Like many other drivers, he started his racing career too young in karting.
After winning several titles in Europe, he competed in the inaugural GP2 series for ART Grand Prix team. He achieved the feat of first ever series champion – finishing ahead of Heikki Kovaleinen. He tested for Williams when he was a teenager.
After becoming regular driver for Williams in 2006, he became the youngest driver to set fastest lap at the age of 20 in his very first race in Bahrain.
He stayed back until 2009 in Willimas team and remained realistic that achieving success in F1 is not a single day job.
He scored every points for his team in 2009 before making a move to the re-branded Mercedes side. Partnering with the most successful man in history, he out qualified him in almost every race and scored double the points than him in 2010.
In 2011, Michael Schumacher sourced back some form but still failed to over haul his team-mate.
W03, the brainchild of big minds in F1 under Ross Brawn is promising to be a title contender and despite non-finishes for Rosberg, the car is yet faster than ever.
He looks set to beat his infamous record of most points scored by a driver without a win in his 111th grand prix in Shanghai which seems more realistic as he sits on pole for the first time in his career.