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Reality of F1 world title win still sinking in for Nico Rosberg

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A month may have passed since Nico Rosberg’s tense Formula 1 World Championship victory in Abu Dhabi, but the result is still sinking.

Rosberg edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by five points in the final drivers’ standings, clinching his maiden F1 world title.

Rosberg announced five days later that he would be retiring from F1 with immediate effect, bowing out while he was on top.

The German has since enjoyed a whirlwind world tour as champion, gracing award ceremonies and a number of TV shows, with his latest appearance coming on UK program A Question of Sport.

Rosberg spoke about his title win during the program, admitting that the reality of the victory over Hamilton is still sinking in.

“Well it’s never going to be easy if Lewis Hamilton is my teammate,” Rosberg said.

“It was always going to be a great battle, he’s a great competitor, very very fast of course. He was a world champion. It’s awesome and unbelievable that it worked out in the end.

“I still catch myself. Last night I couldn’t sleep at one o’clock, and suddenly I went back in my thoughts and I punched the air!

“I still get these small crazy moments where I realize that it’s actually happened.”

Rosberg was also asked about his celebrations on the night of his title success, confirming that he did indeed toast his victory in style.

“I can confirm I am double world champion. I also became party world champion on Sunday night,” Rosberg joked.

“I’m very proud of that, just as much as the other achievement!”

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.