Writing in a statement issued on Facebook, Rosberg said: “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.
“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.
“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.
“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.
“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”
JCBA's two cents
Nothing ... and that says a lot in fact its a statement,The Formula One World Champion retires and I will refrain from commenting.
The war of words between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger goes on and on.
While the Manchester United boss has generally had the upper hand on the pitch over the years, both managers have had stern words for each other in the press room.
Here we recall their rivalry in quotes, dating back to Mourinho's first season in English football...
"I don't see especially that Chelsea play more English players than we do. Who have they produced, homegrown? Just one, John Terry." - Wenger in 2005 when quizzed on Arsenal's all-foreign line-up.
At the beginning of the following season in August 2005, Wenger also expressed concerns over Chelsea's tactics: "I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger."
Mourinho was unimpressed. "Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. Wenger must be one of them - it is a sickness. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."
Wenger responded with a put-down of his own. "He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."
And more from Mourinho... "At Stamford Bridge, we have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea Football Club in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages."
When Mourinho departed Chelsea in September 2007, the rivalry was put on hold but that didn't stop the pair trading criticism of each other from further afield.
"The English like statistics a lot," said Mourinho in 2008. "Do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?"
When Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid and Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos got booked for tactical reasons against Galatasaray in order to serve suspensions for a comfortable second leg rather than risk missing important games later in the tournament, Wenger had plenty to say.
"When you see how it looks on television, it is the best demonstration to think: 'Never do that again'. It looks, frankly, horrible. It's a pity to see that from a big club."
Again, it only succeeded in sparking a fiery response from Mourinho... "Instead of speaking about Real Madrid, Mr Wenger should speak about Arsenal and explain how he lost 2-0 against a team in the Champions League for the first time. The history about the young kids is getting old now. Sagna, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Song, Nasri, Van Persie, Arshavin are not kids. They are all top players."
After a cordial start upon Mourinho's return Chelsea, Wenger was unimpressed when Juan Mata was sold to Manchester United - a move that he argued could distort the league table given that the Blues had played their final game against United the previous week while rivals still had to play them.
"Chelsea have already played twice against Man United, they could have sold him last week. I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody, this should not happen."
And the response... "Wenger complaining is normal because he always does. Normally he should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata, but this is a little bit his nature. I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play."
In February 2014, just a few weeks later, Wenger was asked why some of Arsenal's fellow title hopefuls were so keen to downplay their ambitions. "It is fear to fail," he said.
Mourinho delivered a memorable monologue in reply. "Am I afraid of failure? He is a specialist in failure. I'm not. So if one supposes he's right and I'm afraid of failure, it's because I don't fail many times. So maybe he's right. I'm not used to failing. But the reality is he's a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure."
After a decade of verbal insults, the rivalry finally escalated physically in October 2014 when Wenger shoved Mourinho during an argument on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.
"In hindsight, I think I should not have reacted at all," said Wenger. "It's not a way to behave on a football field. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea's technical area."
And when it was suggested to Mourinho that his Arsenal counterpart could be charged... "Charged? If it was me, it would have been a stadium ban."
Wenger passed up the opportunity to shake Mourinho's hand after finally getting the better of his rival in the Community Shield in August 2015 - but it was the Portuguese delivering the next public jibes.
After a fiercely-contested match at Stamford Bridge, which included Gabriel being sent off after a clash with Diego Costa, Wenger criticised referee Mike Dean and went unpunished by the FA, leading to this outpouring from Mourinho:
"In this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Every other manager is. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives. There is one outside that list, but good for him. You know who.
"The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning in the afternoon, nothing happens. He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. In the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees.
As Chelsea's woeful start to their title defence saw them lose 3-1 at home to Southampton, Mourinho launched into another tirade, this time lasting seven minutes and including: "referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea." The comments earned Mourinho a £50,000 fine and suspended one game stadium ban.
After receiving clarification on why he'd been fined, Mourinho adopted the words Wenger was allowed to use to criticise referee Mike Dean. In his post match assessment of Champions League officials after a goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev he said: "The referee was weak and naive."
Following Mourinho's move to Manchester United, he wasted little time before apparently aiming another dig at his French rival. Questioned about his poor 2015/16 season at Chelsea and what that had done to his reputation, Mourinho said: "There are some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago, the last time I won was a year ago. If I have something to prove, imagine the others! To finish 4th is not the aim."
Mourinho was also less than impressed by Wenger's criticism of the world record transfer fee United paid for Paul Pogba. The Arsenal boss had called the £89m outlay "completely crazy". Mourinho hit back: "When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don't think they ever have this problem because to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world. At Manchester United, it can happen."
A biography of the Portuguese, quoting Mourinho as saying, "I'll break his face," in reference to Wenger's comments on Juan Mata's January 2014 switch from Chelsea to Manchester United has also stoked the fires of the rivalry this season.
There are sure to be more cutting comments from both men, ahead of their eagerly anticipated meeting at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The form team is undoubtedly the away side, free scoring and dangerous all season but I cant see them defeating Jose at home. Whether United will win is another post on its own.
Everyone has his nemesis and if we honest Wenger has his one and I don't see it changing now, in all competitions I see Jose extending his 15-1 record to 16-1.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "Apart from the table, it's a very important game. I know about the history, I like the special stories. The whole world will watch this game, it's a big honour to be part of it.
"At the end, it's up to us to perform to our best. You cannot and should not ignore the special circumstance of a game like this. You have to be ready.
"They have big quality and we have to respect this, as we do. But this is Anfield. We have to show this. We have had a few nice atmospheres but I'm open for the best atmosphere. We need everybody in a Liverpool shirt in this game."
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on concerns over disrespectful chanting at the game: "In football we have some football tragedies, if you can say that, which is a big match that you lost, the mistake that some player did, this kind of thing, and you can make fun of it in a positive way.
"But the human tragedy is something much more serious. It's the last thing somebody should use in a football pitch because they were really big tragedies, not to forget but to respect.
"I will be really sad in such a big football match if that was a negative point."
Jose was also asked if he agreed Wayne Rooney is a “big-game player” after his exploits in the same fixture last season.
“The records are not important for me. A match is an isolated event,” He said. “There is no relation to what you did in the past; no relation to what you do in the future. That is why I don’t like much the statistics of previous matches and previous results and this kind of thing.”
MATCH FACTS Liverpool vs Manchester United
**A defeat for Liverpool will be the first time they have lost three straight home league games to Manchester United since January 2005.
**United have won their last four league games against Liverpool and seven of the last nine.
**That run of four defeats for Liverpool is their worst since losing five consecutive matches to United in March 2008.
**Liverpool have lost 67 league matches against Manchester United - more than against any other opponent.
**There hasn't been a draw between the two sides domestically since a 1-1 league stalemate at Anfield in October 2011.
**Steven Gerrard, with eight goals, is the top scorer in this fixture in the Premier League era. Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler both have six.
LIVERPOOL'S FORM (DWWWW)
**Liverpool are going for a fifth league win on the trot which would be their best run since March 2015.
**Since Jurgen Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in October 2015 they have scored a league high 73 goals and have the highest average possession figure of 58.8%.
**The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine league games.
**Klopp has lost just one of his five meetings with Jose Mourinho, winning three and drawing one.
**James Milner has been involved in 21 Premier League goals since the start of last season - nine goals and 12 assists - more than any other Liverpool player.
MANCHESTER UNITED'S FORM (WLLWD)
**Jose Mourinho's men have won only twice in their last five league games, conceding seven goals.
**Wayne Rooney currently has 87 Premier League away goals, the joint-most in the competition alongside Alan Shearer.
**Manchester United had three points more at this stage last season under Louis Van Gaal (16).
**Marcus Rashford has scored 12 goals since his debut for Manchester United on 25 February 2016, four more than any other United player.
Results this weekend in the English Premier League make this fixture of paramount importance for both teams. I laugh at the pundits suggestions that the home side has a 53% change of winning and they give the away side 24% with a draw lagging behind with 23%.
I agree with Jose when he says form goes out the window, especially in a derby, I also agree with Klopp the whole world will be watching and that could be telling, it is massive a game for Liverpool and everyone expects United to come short. That's why my money is on the 'so-called' underdogs. Manchester United to win it by the odd goal or two!!
I’ve watch many a Manchester Derby with loads of good, sometimes bad memories, Rooney, Kanchelskis, Cantona, RVP, Fletcher come to mind, heck even took off my jersey in a screening venue when Owen slammed in that famous winner but today for the 172nd Derby I have to say I’m more excited than ever.
It’s a Derby that as years go by has an increase in significance, gone are the days that Manchester United just pitch up and walk away with the points. It’s global appeal this season with the acquisition of the new managers has people licking their lips in excitement. None more so than tomorrow.
Mourinho's nemesis, has a favourable record against the new United boss and he would like to keep it like that. The good news for the hosts is that Marouane Felliaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit but Mourinho reiterates the latter might not be able to do 90 minutes (but illudes to the fact whether he will start). We know Fellaini starts and Luke Shaw too.
For Pep we know Sergio Aguero will sit this one out, though I agree with Mourinho that his omission does give United more questions than answers though I feel the blues boss would rather he start than catch this one from the stands.
Just three weeks into the English Premier League season and both Manchester clubs boast a perfect record making this fixture all the more of a spectacle and some say their biggest ever derby.
Lets not forget these two managers have drawn 7 fixtures between them and that does say something about their knowledge of each other’s managerial nuances.
Guardiola might have won everything there is to win in Spain but he is in England now and Jose’s record in England isn’t something he needs reminding of. The Portuguese has won three Premier League titles, one in which he set the points record still standing today, three League Cups, an FA Cup and the Community Shield with United.
I’m all for Manchester United having the upper hand with City restricted on the Aguero front but the history between these two managers says anything can happen. I do think this Derby Day has come too soon for both clubs but it sure will put one of these Manchester clubs on a wave they will ride until they meet in Manchester again this season. To early, to tight, to much of a toss up to call but what I say is win, lose or draw this will not be a peaceful Saturday stroll in the park, it will be epic!!!
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