If Formula 1 drivers of the modern era are not allowed to be rockstars, then someone forgot to tell Nico Rosberg. His 'win the world title one week, retire at the official prizegiving ceremony the next' strategy was as badass as it gets. Well, in motorsport circles anyway.
Rosberg has bowed out of F1 in perfect fashion. He's the world champion, and leaves on top. He's beaten Lewis Hamilton, an adversary who has had the upper hand in their personal rivalry since they were in karting. He's given Hamilton no opportunity to come back at him, so has landed the ultimate final punch.
And he's earned plaudit after plaudit in the wake of his title triumph by going on something of a farewell tour, hitting awards ceremonies across Europe and adopting a much more relaxed and popular character.