In this weeks #throwbackthursday we go back to 2001 and look at current Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg.
Pictured above is Nico Rosberg at the 2001 South Garda Winter Cup in what turned out to be his final year of Karting as he’d find himself racing the Formula BMW ADAC series the next year. In this race he finished 10th.
Rosberg’s European karting career began in the old 100 Junior class at the 9th Andrea Margutti Trophy in 1998, in which he finished 7th. Italian driver Stefano Fabi won that year with Robert Kubica, Lucas Di Grassi, Marco Ardigo and Ben Hanley taking part along with fellow Brit James Brown, who finished 8th.
The German then went on to finish 4th in the 1999 European ICA Junior Championship on a CRG chassis. Two places ahead of him in the championship was none other than Lewis Hamilton who ran on a Top Kart that year. Kubica (CRG), Hanley (Kosmic), Pastor Maldonado (CRG) and Giedo van der Garde (CRG) all finished lower down the order.
2000 saw the birth of the MBM.com team (Mercedes-Benz McLaren) which of course saw Rosberg paired up with current team mate Lewis Hamilton.
They competed in the European Formula A class which Hamilton won with Rosberg 2nd. Below were some of the recognisable names that raced that year…
1st. Lewis Hamilton
2nd. Nico Rosberg
3rd. Marco Ardigo
4th. Robert Kubica
5th. Clivio Piccione
7th. Oliver Jarvis
9th. Colin Brown
10th. Giedo van der Garde
13th. Mike Conway
16th. Jamie Green
27th. Loic Duval
29th. Ben Hanley
32nd. John Bryne
34th. Fraser Sheader
37th. Lucas Di Grassi
41st. Bruno Spengler
Then we come to 2001. Of course we have already discussed the picture at the top of the page which was Rosberg finishing 10th at the South Garda Winter Cup.
The German also competed with Hamilton in the Formula Super A World Championship but both had disappointing seasons with Rosberg 16th and Hamilton 15th.
Vitantonio Liuzzi won that year with Michael Schumacher also coming back for a play despite competing in Formula 1 that year.
It was then onto cars for Rosberg who progressed through the lower formula’s winning titles in Formula BMW and Formula 3 before he won the GP2 title in 2005 and that moved him up into F1 in 2006 with the Williams F1 Team.
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