Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will go down as two of the most competitive teammates Formula 1 has ever seen.
The then Mercedes pair rendered the 2016 Drivers’ World Championship a two-man race after winning 19 of the 21 races for the season between them.
Rosberg ended up besting Hamilton by a mere five points, though his shock retirement soon afterwards gifted the former a free shot at reclaiming his crown in 2017.
The Briton did exactly that by finishing ninth at the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend to wrap up his fourth world title with two events to spare.
Given the unexpected manner in which Rosberg called time on his career, talk of a return to the track has since been simmering away.
A resurrection of the captivating rivalry between the German and Hamilton would be an incredible treat for F1 fans, and he has at last given a definitive response to the rumours.
"A comeback is out of the question," Rosberg is quoted by Deutsche Presse-Agentur news agency, per F1 Today.
"I achieved everything I wanted to and my new life is going in exactly the right direction.
”I miss nothing – I've completely finished with racing. Now I like to enjoy the races by watching them."
With no intention of reentering battle with Hamilton, Rosberg claims their history doesn't have any bearing on his willingness to congratulate the newly-crowned champion.
"I'm not competing with him anymore so that makes it easier for me,” he said.
"He deserves to be successful because he had a great year.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TROPHY?
However, even though Rosberg expects to have no trouble handing over his prized gong to the 2017 champion, the FIA think otherwise.
Four months on from admitting he misplaced it just before the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 32-year-old has revealed further details about his seemingly less than careful treatment of the award.
According to the same source, Rosberg told Northern German Broadcasting: ”I got a message from the FIA saying 'What happened to the trophy?
"Apparently there was a dent so I apologised and now they're solving it somehow.”
That’s right – apparently, a world champion somehow let the most significant prize of his career suffer a nasty knock during a year in his custody.
The F1’s governing is thought to be scrambling to repair the damage before Hamilton takes responsibility for the trophy.
No doubt the Mercedes man will be giving it a thorough going over as soon as he gets his hands on it.