It’s hard to feel anything but admiration for Nico Rosberg, who has announced his retirement just five days after clinching the Formula 1 World Championship title he’s been working almost his entire life for.

Read more about Rosberg's departure from Formula 1 here

It’s an incredibly brave thing to do. It’s not possible to compete at such a level without immersing yourself entirely in the job at hand. Your thought processes, your emotion, your physicality, your home life, your ego, your confidence, your skillsets, your ability and your reputation all go through a public examination the likes of which most of us could never begin to imagine, never mind experience.

Formula 1 drivers are not motivated by money. Personal finance has two functions: to pay for your drive/fund your team, or to measure your worth when you reach the upper echelons. It is not what motivates the competitive spirit, nor is it the driving factor in those seemingly infinite, miniscule reactive on-track decisions that determine success and failure.

To put together a campaign over 21 races and come out ahead of arguably the best driver of the modern era, in the same car, is an extraordinary achievement.