Throttle-Back Thursday: Happy birthday, Keke Rosberg!
Finnish driver Keke Rosberg was born on this day in 1948, and to celebrate, we’re turning it back to 1982, the year Rosberg won the Formula 1 drivers' championship behind the wheel of the Ford Cosworth DFV-powered TAG Williams cars.
In the Nov. 8, 1982 issue of Autoweek, an excerpt of which has been reproduced below, we looked at how Rosberg tied up that year’s highly competitive championship -- and provided a retrospective on his career up to that point.
A calculated, talented and patient driver, Rosberg would continue racing in F1 through the 1986 season, later participating in endurance racing (including a Le Mans attempt in 1991) and Germany’s DTM series. And in 1985, Rosberg’s son Nico was born; he would follow in the footsteps of his father, winning the F1 championship in 2016.