What was the best thing about Formula 1 for you?
Whenever I managed to beat all the others. That’s what it’s all about after all. The feeling of elation you get standing up there on the podium – there’s nothing like it.
A lot of top athletes don’t seem to have a propensity for happiness.
I can relate to that. I’ve often felt that way. After a race is always before a race. You’re always chasing victory, always expected to deliver more. It’s exhausting and yet normal.
In your case, there was no next race after your triumph. Directly after your announcement, your management released a film showing you as a young boy driving a go-kart. Standing shirtless at the side of the track is your father, Keke Rosberg, himself the 1982 Formula 1 World Champion. He is watching his son with pride.
Seeing those images was incredibly emotional for me. I had never seen the film before. My dad had found it and gave it to my people, who reworked it without me knowing. It shows day one of my journey, a journey that came to a close in Abu Dhabi. I’ve now achieved the same feat as my dad; this is something we can share. And that’s just wonderful.