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The Secret Life of Nico Rosberg 15 Jun 2010

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 29 May 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP on the grid with Jock Clear (GBR) Mercedes GP Senior Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010 (L to R): Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP with girlfriend Vivian Sibold (GER).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 3 April 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010

He races for Mercedes GP, his best finish was second at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, he’s scored 149.5 points from 78 starts and he’s the 24 year-old son of a former world champion. These are just a few things we do know about Nico Rosberg. A driver, however, is more than his statistics, his team or even his famous father. We delve a little deeper to find out about Rosberg’s fear of heights, his love of backgammon and cycling, and his youthful obsession with The Lion King…

Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a ‘Plan-B’?
Nico Rosberg:
Yes, sure. I’m very flexible so having a ‘Plan-B’ is the natural thing. If ‘Plan-A’ doesn’t work I don’t waste my time and move on to something else. (FIA president) Jean Todt once said that you have to be ahead of the problem and not behind it. I couldn’t agree more!

Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?
NR:
Playing soccer. And lately I’m into cycling. As for lazier things, it’s playing backgammon. I am a huge back backgammon fan - it’s our traditional family game.

Q: Who do you most look forward to seeing when you arrive in the paddock on a Thursday?
NR:
I guess my engineers. We get along really well and it is always interesting to start the weekend together.

Q: Who is your dream date?
NR:
My girlfriend would sound a bit boring, wouldn’t it? Someone I would like to meet is Lance Armstrong because I am into cycling myself at the moment. I would like to hear from him how to best enhance your performance.

Q: Which film last made you cry?
NR:
It was The Lion King. I must have been seven years-old. A film that I’ve really enjoyed was Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s such a racy title! And Inside Man. Clive Owen is one of my favourite actors.

Q: What are you afraid of?
NR:
Heights, and my nightmare would be to fall.

Q: What was the last book you read?
NR:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer about his 1996 ascent of Mount Everest that ended in catastrophe, with eight climbers killed. I read a lot and biographies are amongst my favourites.

Q: What is your favourite way to relax?
NR:
Reading, doing sports, and chilling out with friends.

Q: Name five things that you hate?
NR:
Being late - and I have the problem that I’m always late. I hate it. It has something to do with discipline. I’m working on it. What else? Arrogance, crookedness, crime.

Q: Have you ever dyed your hair?
NR:
I’ve never done that, but maybe one day. Who knows…

Q: What was the first CD that you bought?
NR:
Either Michael Jackson’s Thriller or probably Elton John’s Lion King soundtrack? I think it was The Lion King CD. I’d been whingeing after I saw the film until my mum took pity on me and bought it.

Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
NR:
No. And I don’t plan to.

Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
NR:
Competent, but impatient. Some sort of Fidgety Philip.

Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
NR:
Mika Hakkinen. Mika was a real hero of mine.

Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
NR:
That I’m sometimes a smart alec.

Q: Do you collect anything?
NR:
No.

Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
NR:
The privacy, my family, my friends and a sort of mundane daily routine.

Q: What was your worst buy?
NR:
I’ve never had one.

Q: How do you take your coffee?
NR:
I don’t drink coffee. The only caffeine I have is in the gel that I use for cycling.

Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
NR:
Get up very early, go cycling for three hours and then have brunch at the beach with family and friends.

Q: What was your first car?
NR:
That was quite something. It was an Audi RS6. My dad gave it to me because safety was very important to him and he didn’t want to see me in one of these micro cars.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
NR:
Ha, this morning it popped up in my mind again. I cannot tell because it is so embarrassing!

Q: What is the best thing that you can cook?
NR:
Fried eggs on toast.

Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
NR:
I don’t tend to get really furious. I’m a very balanced person. If it happens then it always has something to do with the family, but then it is over in the next minute.