Nico Rosberg has finally done it. He has conquered Formula 1 and become its world champion at last, 34 years after his father Keke did likewise.
Rosberg Sr's world championship victory of 1982 was achieved in somewhat fortuitous circumstances, owing as much to the devastation wrought at Ferrari by Didier Pironi's career-ending accident and Gilles Villeneuve's death, Renault and Brabham-BMW unreliability, and the inconsistency of McLaren drivers Niki Lauda and John Watson, as to Rosberg's sheer dazzling brilliance behind the wheel of his Williams.
Rosberg won only one race in 16 starts. But his was a virtuoso performance for Frank Williams's team. Derek Daly was Rosberg's team-mate for most of '82; he managed no better than a handful of fifth places as Rosberg took the crown.