It is not often that a Formula 1 World Championship leader gets married mid-season, but Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and his long term girlfriend Viviane Sibold got married yesterday at a civil ceremony in Monaco.
The religious service will follow later in the summer.
Rosberg, 29, leads the world championship by four points from his team mate Lewis Hamilton after nine of 19 rounds. His retirement in the British Grand Prix was his first of the season. He has won three races to Hamilton’s five.
His new wife is an interior designer, who also owns an ice cream parlour called Viv’s Creamery in Ibiza, which is where the pair escape to on non-race weekends.
Rosberg tweeted a photo and message to his 700,000 twitterer followers,
“We are over the Moon. It was very special to share our wedding day with our closest friends and family.”
It is noticeable that continuity is an important thing in Rosberg’s life; he has been with Viviane for 11 years, since they were teenagers, while his parents have been married for 37 years, quite an achievement in motorsport! He shipped in his original race engineer from Williams, Tony Ross, when he moved to Mercedes in 2010 and has worked with him ever since.