Nico Rosberg could return to F1, according to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff
Rosberg won the world title with Mercedes in 2016 and promptly retired just days later citing his desire to spend more time with his family after finally winning his maiden championship.But Toto Wolff, who oversaw three years of internal strife at Mercedes between Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, believes the impulsive choice to quit is one the German may live to regret.
“I think when he took the decision to retire it was because it was just too much,” said Wolff.
“It was a very stressful year against probably the best driver in F1 and he felt, at that stage, exhausted.
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“That is how he appeared to me.“But he is 31 years old.
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“If he is unlucky, he has another 70 years to go in his life!
“I will give you one [quote]: I wouldn’t be surprised if he changes his mind in a year and reappears in a Ferrari! Or somewhere else.”
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Rosberg has appeared at a number of Grands Prix already this season and is currently acting in an ambassadorial role for Mercedes.He is also due to drive the 2014 Mercedes F1 car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as he continues to balance family life with keeping his toe in with the racing community.
And while Wolff does think Rosberg might eventually return to F1, the Austrian team boss does not see his former driver following in Fernando Alonso’s footsteps by crossing the Atlantic.
“I think that doing the Indy 500 is very challenging for a racing driver,” Wolff added.“I loved it because of Fernando, until he retired, but I don’t think Nico calculating the risk and reward would go on to an oval with an IndyCar.”
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