Nico Rosberg announces Formula 1 retirement

Nico Rosberg announces Formula 1 retirement

0 comments 📅07 December 2016, 01:45

The 2016 Everybody Champion has revealed his intention to leave Mercedes and the relaxation altogether

Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has sensationally announced his retirement from the frolic after winning his first World Drivers’ Championship.

The 31 year old German, whose sire Keke won the championship in 1982 under the Finnish fade, beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the 2016 interest by five points after finishing subordinate behind the Briton at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Dignified Prix.

Announcing his retirement in a statement on Facebook, Rosberg wrote “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my hallucination, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One Area Champion. Through the hard work, the misery, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.

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“When I won the race in Suzuka [Japan], from the junct when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big affliction started and I began to think about ending my racing business if I became World Champion.”

In the statement, Rosberg reveals that he took the conclusiveness to retire on the Monday evening after the Palatial Prix – just 24 hours after he had been crowned this period’s champion.

Looking towards the future, the legend winner said, “There is time to taste the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to get a kick every experience that comes my way. After that, I intent turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in supply for me…”

Team boss Toto Wolff added that Rosberg’s close by departure was “unexpected”, but that the Mercedes driver had “chosen to retreat at the pinnacle of his career, as World Champion, having achieved his puberty dream. The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decree straight away when he told me”.

It brings an end to a Technique 1 career beginning in 2006 with Williams. Rosberg has driven for Mercedes since the 2010 seasoned, and in that time has partnered Michael Schumacher, won 23 Impressive Prix, achieved 30 pole positions and of orbit that all important Drivers’ World Championship.

Who could repay Rosberg at Mercedes?

As sudden as Rosberg’s retirement was, thinking as to who could replace him and take the hotseat next to Hamilton at Mercedes for 2017 is already in overdrive.

Regardless of the adipose scale technical changes coming to Modus operandi 1 next season, it’s likely Mercedes wishes still be the team to beat, and whoever gets the sofa may get a decent shot at claiming the World Championship.

It is possible that the easiest move for Mercedes would be to make over the seat to reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein. The junior German driver raced for backmarkers Manor during the 2016 appellation, impressing with a points scoring use up at the Austrian Grand Prix and regular appearances in Q2 during qualifying.

Despite that, a star name could be in the frame too. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is frenzied for a third World Championship, though to shatter from a slowing improving McLaren-Honda would be a seismic stir – and a costly one in terms of contractual pay-outs for Mercedes. McLaren would be exceedingly reluctant to let Alonso go too, considering Mercedes poached Hamilton from them in 2012 and it leaves McLaren seeking participation to partner rookie Stoffel Vandoorne.

Red Bull’s teenage suspicion Max Verstappen has already established himself as one of the most gifted drivers on the grid with breakthrough performances in 2016, nonetheless his inexperience and aggressive style could be at odds with Mercedes’ needs. 

Body boss Toto Wolff said Mercedes would “take the neccecary leisure to evaluate our options and then find the accurate path in the future”, and the unexpected nature of Rosberg’s retirement means it could grip a while to line-up a replacement from graze.

Who do you think Mercedes should sign for the 2017 ready? Let us know in the comments.


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