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In case you were wondering how is life treating former F1 champion Nico Rosberg, then lavishly would be the right word to describe it. After retiring from Formula 1 in 2016, the former Mercedes driver couldn’t stay away from cars and started his own YouTube channel that amassed over 660,000 subscribers at the time of writing.

It looks like the career shift has worked like a charm for Mr. Rosberg, who’s now privileged with getting behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exclusive and expensive supercars. His latest experience involves the Ferrari Monza SP1 and the famed Fiorano test track.

It’s Great To See Nico Rosberg Back on a Race Track

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Nico Rosberg waited 10 years and 206 races to become Formula 1 world champion. When that finally happened, he quickly went for the “quit while you’re ahead” creed and announced his retirement from the competition, saying that “he has family he wants to focus on, and F1 takes so much from you.” That was happening just five days after being crowned champion. We’re just glad he didn’t forget about the car world entirely.

Watch Nico Rosberg Tear Up the Fiorano Track in a Ferrari Monza SP1
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Now, during his visit at Ferrari’s Fiorano track, Nico Rosberg had the chance to hoon the 1 of 160 Limited Edition Ferrari Monza SP1. It not only costs €1.7 million (roughly $1.86 million), but it’s not the sort of car that Ferrari hands over for a casual test drive. Just do a quick search on Google, you won’t get that many hits for a review. Sure, being a former F1 ace helps a lot in getting access to such a car, even if Rosberg did use to race for Mercedes-AMG.

It’s not just the astronomical price tag on the Monza SP1 that makes it a mechanical gem. Launched in 2018 alongside the SP2, the single-seater SP1 (the SP2 allows two occupants to ride inside) packs a 65-degree V-12 displacing 6.5 liters. It’s tuned to produce 810 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 530 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm (like in the 812 Superfast), enough to get to 62 mph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds en route to a top speed of over 190 mph - Ferrari doesn’t offer a number but this is the best estimate we can come up with. Helping along the way is the SP1’s dry weight of just 3,307 pounds.

Watch Nico Rosberg Tear Up the Fiorano Track in a Ferrari Monza SP1
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Ferrari Monza SP1 specifications
Engine Type V12 – 65°
Displacement 6.5-liter
Max. power output 810 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Max. torque 530 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM
0-100 km/h 2.9 sec
0-200 km/h 7.9 sec
Max. speed >186 mph

On that note, check out Rosberg’s experience behind the wheel of the SP1. It’s not everyday that you see an F1 pro driver half-frightened by a supercar.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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