Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 driver, Nico Rosberg has arrived in Kuala Lumpur, fresh from his 2016 World Drivers Championship win at the final race on the Formula 1 calendar in Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, joined by the team’s executive director Toto Wolff.

“Lewis is one of the best in the world, one of the best ever, surely, so to race him is incredibly intense and the level of competition is extremely high out there; it feels like I’ve been racing him forever. It’s difficult to get those championships because he’s always edged me out, and now finally to get one back on him, that was awesome,” Rosberg said.

“I’m sure we caused Toto many, many grey hairs along the way,” Rosberg quipped, going on to thank Wolff for managing the drivers, and attributed much of the team’s success to him, Niki Lauda and Paddy Lowe.

Now that the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team has two world champions under its wing, what kind of challenge will the team face?

“I think it makes it easier, because Nico has achieved what he has always wanted to achieve, and when we started the project in 2014 it was clear that we didn’t want to have one preferred driver,” said Wolff.

Now that Rosberg has won the driver’s championship, will it affect his hunger to continue winning in the future? “I love to compete, I love to beat everybody else, and that doesn’t change. It’s always going to be the same, whatever the results have been in the past,” assured Rosberg.