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Retired champ Rosberg eyes movie career

Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg was looking forward to a quiet Christmas before plotting his next bid for the big time... As an action hero movie star.

"I'd really like that," the blond and photogenic 31-year-old German said when he revealed his dream of an acting career.

"I know some German actors. Perhaps one day, that would be nice. I have some experience because when you are a racing driver, you have to do a lot of filmed commercials.

"An action hero... That would make me very happy."

Rosberg stunned Formula 1 by retiring just five days after wrapping up his maiden world title in Abu Dhabi last month.

"The first true moment of free time will be at Christmas, I'm really excited about it. I will be with my wife, my little girl, we'll be in Ibiza with a Christmas tree and enjoy a typical turkey dinner," said Rosberg.

"Then I'm going to look for projects where I can use my competitiveness, but we will see in the new year."

The German insisted that he has no regrets about calling time on his career, a decision which left fans disappointed that there would be no further instalments in his fiery relationship with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

"I am aware that the majority of people support my decision. There'll always be people who think otherwise," said Rosberg, whose father Keke was also F1 world champion in 1982.

"But everyone has a choice, everyone has their road. I had a great career and succeeded at what I wanted to be successful at.

"I also know that some were disappointed because the battle with Lewis was beautiful.

"To those people, I want to say - look at the last three years and cherish the fantastic memories. That's what I'm going to do." - AFP

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