The original Flying Finn's surname, wealth, connections and managerial prowess no doubt paved the path for his now 22-year-old son to enter the sport.
But now, as one of the most highly rated youngsters on the grid and an influential presence on the driver market, Rosberg-junior insists that he can go it alone.
The Cologne newspaper Express jovially reported that Nico "fired" his dad, who also handled the early career of double world champion Mika Hakkinen, as manager.
"He has done enough for me," Rosberg is quoted as saying. "The most important things I will now do for myself."
Nico grinned: "My father is now at an age where he should be sitting back and relaxing!"
Instead, 59-year-old Keke Rosberg will attend all 18 grands prix this year as a special commentator for German television.