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Nico Rosberg says Formula 1 chapter closed as he feels 'entirely fulfilled'

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Last year, Nico Rosberg shocked everyone with his retirement announcement after winning his maiden Formula 1 title in a feisty battle with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The German took the decision as he wanted to focus on his family life and take up new challenges outside his racing career - but within motorsport itself - for the rest of his career.

Recently, he was seen doing pundit role with Sky Sports F1 in the Japanese Grand Prix, while it is also reported that he will help his father Keke with Team Rosberg, which competes in the DTM championship.

The outfit is expanding into GT category next year, racing in the ADAC GT Masters Championship, having purchased a pair of Lamborghini Huracan GT3 cars - with Rosberg Jr. given the task to find the drivers.

It works for Rosberg, since he recently also signed up to help Robert Kubica find a race seat in F1 for the 2018 season. The Pole is fighting for a seat in Williams with Paul di Resta, Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein.

When asked by F1's official website if he has any regrets on leaving the sport early, Rosberg said: "Not a single regret. I achieved everything that I set out to achieve some 15 years ago. And the ending could not have been more perfect and rewarding.

"I feel entirely fulfilled. I really ticked all the boxes – winning a race, winning in Monaco, and the championship crown. Life has been exciting and I have already taken on several new great challenges. Also privately it has been very special with the arrival of our second child."

A fair question raised on everyone's mind is if he will make a comeback to F1, like Michael Schumacher did in recent times, but Rosberg is clear with his vision - for now - which is that he doesn't want to return.

"No [I am not planning a comeback]. That chapter is happily closed," he said. "Fighting for the title is very intense and my life was dedicated to that last year. Now I am more relaxed, but I will always be a competitor who is looking to surmount challenges and achieve great things."

His former boss Niki Lauda had also stated in a recent interview that he doesn't expects Rosberg to ever make a comeback to F1, citing the German's happy life outside the sport.

Speaking on the current season, Rosberg was excited to see Mercedes and Ferrari fight it out on the track, but felt proud for his former team to have claimed the fourth title - despite having to go through a tough winter, as well as a stiffer season so far.

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