Nico Rosberg has paid tribute to his family for assisting him in achieving his dream of becoming Formula 1 World Champion by posting an intimate childhood video of him karting.

Rosberg became F1's 33rd world champion by defeating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the 2016 title following a tense final round showdown in Abu Dhabi.

He is only the second driver to emulate their father in winning an F1 world title after Keke Rosberg clinched the 1982 championship.

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In honour of his achievement, he posted this sweet private video of him karting as a child as Keke watches on.

Asked about the importance of his family's influence following the title win, Rosberg says that while Keke - who arrived at the Yas Marina Circuit after the race - has taken a step back in recent months, he is still very much involved in his efforts.

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"Every Saturday night I get a message from him and most of the time it's like 'pedal to the metal tomorrow, full stop, exclamation mark.' So that's his words of advice every weekend.

"My Dad and my Mum both have such a big part in this, my Mum on the private side of course and my Dad for the career steps and all the support all the way.

"It was massive. I think it's been good how's he's let me get on with it and taken a step back. I think it's been very very good and it's worked well for us and for me, it feels right, so I'm very very thankful for that. It's his way of stepping back a bit for sure."

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