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Rosberg follows Button's triathlon example 16 Aug 2010

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010

Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg is the latest Formula One driver to catch the triathlon bug. Following Jenson Button’s recent outing in the London event, Rosberg was in action in Kitzbuehel, Austria, over the weekend.

In what was his first Olympic-distance triathlon, Rosberg recorded a highly-respectable time of 2h07m23s, which put him 44th overall and 14th in his age group. It compared with Button’s London time of 2h14m14s, though the McLaren driver was recovering from a bout of tonsillitis.

The Olympic triathlon is considered one of the toughest tests of sporting endurance and comprises a 1500m swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and a 10km run. The transitions between each stage also form part of the race.

Rosberg completed the swim in 24m43s, the bike ride in 1h02m47s and the run in 36m58s. He admitted the last half of the run was particularly tough, but afterwards described triathlon as his ‘new passion’.