Nico Rosberg's decision, though widely respected, opened a debate over the timing of his retirement, which came five days after he secured the world title at the season finale in Abu Dhabi
Fernando Alonso could end up partnering Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for the 2017 season of Formula 1.
Nico Rosberg paid tribute to longtime friend and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, the outgoing world champion, as well as his father Keke Rosberg who won the F1 title back in 1982.
Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship on Sunday and retired from the sport exactly five days after that
Nico Rosberg defeated Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the 2016 Formula 1 drivers' title race.
Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton
An official announcement on the French Grand Prix is set to be made on Monday at a press conference to be held at the Automobile Club de France (ACF) headquarters in Paris.
Missing from the programme for next year is the German Grand Prix. Nuremberg is financially unable to stage the race while 2016 host Hockenheim was not willing to take it on for two seasons back-to-back.
To retain the world title Lewis Hamilton had to win and see Nico Rosberg finish off the podium, and appeared to slow down while blocking him in the hope two other drivers could catch and overtake him.
Some reports have said Mercedes could even punish Lewis Hamilton for slowing down the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday in the hope that arch-rival teammate Nico Rosberg could be overtaken and lose the title.
Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, and Felipe Massa, who missed out on the 2008 title in dramatic circumstances after winning his home Brazilian Grand Prix, were both given warm farewells by their teams, friends and paddock regulars.
With 173 points, Sahara Force India secured fourth position at the Constructors' Championships, 35 more than closest rival Williams in the 2016 edition
Nico Rosberg emulated his father Keke in winning the 2016 F1 World Championship
Nico Rosberg defeated Mercedes teammate and three-time champion Lewis Hamilton on way to his maiden F1 World Championship title
Nico Rosberg won his maiden F1 World Championship as he finished second at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. His Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished second in the drivers' championship
Lewis Hamilton pipped championship leader Nico Rosberg to the pole position in Abu Dhabi ahead of Sunday's title-deciding race
The former world champion announced on Thursday that Sunday's season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last race in the sport.
Lewis Hamilton has won the last three races to move to within 12 points of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who is currently leading the Formula One drivers' world championship.