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Nico Rosberg and Viviane Siebold
Posted By: James Allen  |  12 Jul 2014   |  2:45 pm GMT  |  89 comments

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.

Nico Rosberg gets married

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.

Nico Rosberg and Viviane Siebold

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1

How’s that related to F1? Oh my…

2

Congratulation to Nico Rosberg and his lovely wife.

3

Congratulations Nico. All the best for success this year.

4

Correction: Congratulations to Nico and Vivian!

5

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Rosberg but my respect and admiration has grown this season. Unlike his team mate, he has a degree of style, integrity and intelligence and seems at ease with who he is and what he is. I have the feeling he’s not quite quick enough to keep Hamilton behind him after his Silverstone retirement, but since Monaco he’s raised his game. If Hamilton continues to scupper his own chances with misguided media shenanigans, then perhaps Rosberg will prevail after all. Anyway, congratulations to the happy couple.

6

Wow.

Forzaminardi how do you work out all those differences between these two young men.

With ref “intelligence” “integrity” and being at “ease with who he is and what he is”

I watched Rush this weekend – we, has spectators assume alot and take even more for granted regards sports men/Women.

Interesting movie.

7

I am familiar with your Clint Eastwood quote, Thompson, but it’s worth remembering that it doesn’t mean that my opinion is any more or less valid that yours. With respect, your comments seem contradictory – you suggest I can’t have a valid opinion about two high profile sportsmen while at the same time your original comment, [mod]

If you didn’t care for my original comment or had a differing opinion then you might have more usefully spent your time stating your own opinion and why you feel it is valid, rather then questioning the validity of mine. The purpose of the ‘comments’ section, I think, is for readers to state their thoughts in relation to the original story – which I did. If you disagree, please say so rather than questioning the validity of my comment.

8

Errr….skin colour?

I take it you know neither personally or spent anytime in their company.

If I’m wrong then please expand on your original post.

Another methodology – You know opinions are like AHs – that ones from a Clint Eastwood movie, always makes me laugh that one.

9

Wow indeed. How do you suppose I “work out” the differences between Hamilton and Rosberg? Let me apologise for not including a methodology statement when noting my opinion on a blog!

10
Craig in Manila

The pair escape to an Ice Cream Parlour on non-race weekends ? Wow, exciting stuff !

11

Hey, don’t knock it :p That was my ultimate dream when I was a kid.

12

Both…..

Last word, should read ‘them both’

13

@ ApexPredator

Lol… I guess we will never be 100% certain about the goings-on at Monaco.

14

Congrats to them both. Had the pleasure of seeing his father win his first F1 race (Swiss GP at Dijon in 1982). Then a few years latter shaking Keke’s hand at Nevers airport after the race at Magny-Cours. James Hunt was there as well, watching the mens final from Wimbledon on TV!

15

Congrats to them both, they seem like a very happy couple and keep a low profile

16

congratulations are in order for rosberg and sibold, the rosbergs. he can now get on with the championship challenge with fewer worries on his mind. we could be lucky enough to be treated to 3 generations of rosberg f1 champions. fingers crossed.

17

Think she’ll let Nico go skiing?

18

That’s a terrible “joke” if it can be called as such.

19

Joke? After what happened, if anyone I care about wants to go skiing and I know it’s someone who’s likely to push the limits, I’ll try to dissuade them from going at all.

20

do not mix up Lewis in;

this is just them ( N&N)

be happy

21
Mr A (Melbourne)

Good news and congratulations to both of you!

22

He seem to be a very decent young man,would be great to have the first father son World champion.

23

The first father and son world champions were Graham and Damon Hill 🙂

25

So you missed G.Hill/D.Hill then?

26

Well done, Nico, putting a ring on that one. She is a hottie. 😉

To respond to James’s comment about Nico wanting continuity in his life, I have read that Toto Wolff said that this is something that’s pretty fundamental to his character, although he used the word “structure.” The more and more I think about it, the more and more I think Nico is really a modern day Niki Lauda: a very professional, focused, workman-like driver who keeps it simple and stable in his life.

I think we are quite blessed to have two drivers like Lewis and Nico in the strongest car. They are two of the absolute best in the sport, and yet they contrast so starkly in terms of their traits as drivers and characters. These situations don’t happen very often, and they do happen, they always make a major mark on the sport. We will be talking about this season for a long time.

27

Well said! Finally!! Some praise for Nico Rosberg! He is under-rated to the core by many!

Nobody’s taking anything away from Lewis. But Rosberg deserves a little more respect. I can’t stop thinking of what would have been, if Williams F1 maintained their BMW works form in 2006 when Nico made his debut. That would have changed the minds of a lot of people here.

28

That’s. Interesting what you say paige – are you suggesting on his own Nico is limited.

Without a teammate that he can ‘copy’ from he would be mediocre – i.e Schumacher /Hamilton doing the graft to set the car up only for him to ‘study’, the merc advantage may not be what it is?

29

I hate to burst your bubble, but I don’t think BMW staying with Williams would have changed anything.

It all starts with why BMW left Williams in the first place. It’s the same reason why both of Williams’ race-winning drivers ditched them before 2005. This was a team that was in decline and had fallen far from championship contention. They had a driver in Webber in 2005 who went on to nearly win a championship in a future year, and he was nowhere near winning a race that year with BMW powering them. BMW judged it in their interest to take over their own team, and at the time, it was the right decision. If they had stayed with Williams, they would have been powering a midfield team when Rosberg was around.

Secondly, Kubica was already higher on BMW’s pecking order and would have had priority for an open seat in 2006. And honestly, Kubica may have been the best driver to race in F1 after the Schumacher era. (And that means better than Lewis, Alonso, Vettel.. the whole lot.) The biggest shame in F1 history is that we never got to see him in a car that could win a world championship.

With that said, Rosberg did enough at Williams to show he was a quality driver. I never got the feeling that he was necessarily someone who would wring every last drop off pace out of a car, but he was always particularly quick on circuits that required a very technically proficient driving style. (Australia, Singapore, etc.) And he had very strong race pace, as well. I got the sense he was a guy who was very smart and grounded, and he has proven to be exactly that. Schumacher becoming his teammate his first year at Mercedes didn’t faze him. He just gets on with his job, which is to go faster. He doesn’t care if he’s going against someone who is more talented than him. There are people in all career fields who are not necessarily the most talented or smartest, but they end up producing more because they work harder and put more effort into figuring out how to do better.

Formula 1 is no different. You don’t have to be the most talented guy at wheeling a car to go faster than everyone else. If Lewis is faster than me from the get go on a weekend, no problem! I will think about what my car is doing and what can be changed, and I will look at the telemetry data and think about what I can do differntly. And I will stay in the garage as long as it takes Friday night to figure it out. On the list of the most accoomplished drivers in racing history- and this includes not just Formula One, but NASCAR, IndyCar, sports cars, ,V8 Supercars, absolutely everything- you will find lots of guys about whom you would say the very same things as you would about Nico Rosberg.

30

Nice.

31

Nico is a solid man. He may lack the furtive racecraft of Alonso or Lewis, but I’ve felt him under appreciated for at least 5-6 years now. This WDC is far from over, and hope it’s settled on track as opposed to unequal reliability of the machinery.

It IS an unusual choice of timing? This wedding?

I doubt Lewis was in attendance, very much so.

And, I fail to see any of this as absolving evidence in the Monaco qually case. Tricky and reliable are not mutually exclusive.

32
Torchwood Five

Congratulations to the Happy Couple.

33

I’ll ask it because everyone is thinking it….

Was Lewis in attendance?

34

close friends and family were his words of choice.

35

No tweet from Hamilton.. but they are both Monaco based now

36

I think Lewis moved apartment a few weeks ago?

37

Don’t they both live in the same apartment / condo complex? Could be a bit awkward on the elevator though!

Congrats to both Viv and Nico. 11 years and still deciding to get hitched says a lot (good) about both of them!

38

So happy for him. The continuity thing shows how organized he really is. How efficient he is in mind management. Congratulations to such a great personality!

Ich wünsche dir alles Gute, Nico! 🙂

39

11yrs….. That’s a long time to keep woman waiting – he’s lucky he’s got money…..

40

@Ange

Not putting today’s women down or anything like that….. But if he was broke, 11yrs is a mighty long time is all I’m saying.

If she was my daughter I know I’d be telling her to dump him before she wakes up one day and find out she’s an old woman with nothing to show for it.

Just saying……

41

Oh, come on! What is this 1950?? Why does everyone assume that a woman will dump a man because they have been together for 2 years and there’s no ring??

They are both younger than 30 and they’ve already been together for 11 years. Does no one else think that maybe they loved being together as boyfriend and girlfriend enjoying their life together, and didn’t want to rush into marriage even though they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together?

Oh, and I don’t think Vivian staying with him just for the money is a valid comment since I am pretty sure she comes from a very affluent family herself.

42

I like Nicole better…. 😀

43

better at doing what?

44

I agree with you 😉 about Nicole.

Shes a 10 out 10 any day of the year.

Brings a whole new dimension to Karaoke 😀

45

There Grant goes…….

46

Congratulations on your marriage, Viviane & Nico!

47

Congrats to Nico. 11 years already?!? Wow.

Interesting about his race engineer Tony Ross too. During the British GP, the FOM feed showed Paddy on the radio, pushing the “Pitwall” button. Other buttons I could make out were “Toto”, “Bono”, “Blue Cre” (assuming that was Blue Crew), and “Blue ???”, something I couldn’t make out. The “Lewis” button had a blue border, while the “Nico” button’s border was red.

Toto, Bono, Nico … lotsa musical references in there!

48

Band Aid – F1 style?

49

Nice for him but an odd story for JA to post. Maybe just wanted to post something when there’s nothing else to post on a non-race weekend.

50

Not really that odd.

Not much news going on between GP’s and Nico’s one of the main players. He has made the news public and it gives a bit of insight into him outside of the goldfish bowl of a race weekend. If we see him all happy and relaxed at the next few races we know why and that it may be the key to him getting the job done.

No different to Kimi’s antics in gorilla suits really!!

51

coulthard announced it during his commentary duties on the british grand prix weekend. he also added that rosberg asked to borrow his car for the occasion.

52

Yeh I get that impression too 😀 Must be nothing happening in eorld of F1 this weekend on Tumble Weed whistling by in the FIA office after Whitings rulimg on FRIC.

53

I mean world 😀

I Apologize for spellong errors Predictive text going haywire

54

Eorld = wotldl

55

This reminds me, my old boy too got married at 29 and the first born was a baby girl >>> my sister.

Having said that, am not sure what to make of this considering the British Grand Prix took place a few days after Nico had turned 29 however, he got his first DNF of the season on the 29th lap and thus cutting his 29 points lead in the standings to just 4 points.

I will try and keep track of Nico and see where his 29th birthday leads him.

56

Germany were up 5-0 against Brazil after 29 minutes 🙂

57

you go for it!

58

As we’re heading for Hockenhiem, have a look on YouTube for the 1980 German GP – someone kindly has just posted it. Just watch those ground effect monsters driven by the likes of Jonsey, Reutemann and Laffite bouncing up and down (“porpoising”) heading into the stadium section!

Even with sliding skirts (which we’re banned at the end of 1980, in favour or stupidly rigid fixed skirts), those ground effect cars must have had a ride that was intolerable! I mention this because if F1 goes done the low profile tyre route, then smashed skeletons and blood pouring out of a drivers ears can’t be far away…………………

59

@ Gaz Boy

Wow, it’s amazing how far the sport has come from 1980.

Those blokes must have drawn up iron clad wills each time they got behind the wheel.

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