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Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:43 pm
by trilord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38185846
https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/head ... acing.html

Is this true? Is it April Fools Day?
Shocking really, doesn't make sense. I think this is going to be a big stamp on him being a forgotten champion.

Next Mercedes driver?
I don't think Wehrlein has done enough to be given the chance. Maybe one of the GP2 drivers, Gasly or Giovinazzi. But they maybe linked with Red Bull.
Red Bull drivers are signed up, so no chance of getting Verstappen.. Maybe Sainz though.
Could still be Ocon iguess, he still is a Mercedes driver and seems to fair better with the team.
Tough one really. Looks like a rookie in the seat though..
Suddenly F1 fun again :-)

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:47 pm
by Baldie2k15
Very surprised by this tbh.

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:33 pm
by F1Admin
Yeah it is true but I think it is a smart move from Nico
He knows he is not good enough to win a back to back or even another championship ever.
He also knows that he's won thank to a dominant machine which is not going to be so dominant next year so his best move is retiring while he is champion instead of failing to comply next year...
Don't you all think so?

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:12 pm
by trilord
Yeah, i think he really lucked out this year, what with the failures Hamilton has had, the disappointing season by Ferrari and maybe if Vestappen had been in the Red Bull since the start he might of challenged.
I am a Hamilton fan, have been since his F3 days (have some races somewhere) and always been supportive of him even when he has been a bit tempermental. He is a total racer in old terms style, race in all weather, nurse a car home and just to enough to win.. and ofcourse is a mighty racer.. As much as i hate to admit, Vestappen reminds me of Hamilton when he first came into F1, but i still feel Hamilton gave much more mature drives in his first top drive races (podium finish in his first 9 races, no real incidents either..not like Vestappen).
Rosberg is/was a journeyman, lucky to stay with team all that time and finally got a car to win the WDC with. Like i said though, he will be a forgotten champion.

Talking of rumours.. A clause in Alonso's contract... that would be interesting. ;)
Button going back to his old Brawn team for a last year before Mercedes decides on which driver to chose full time..Its all open at the moment...

Bring on next year..

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:01 pm
by F1Admin
As far as everyone would love to see a duel between Alonso and Hamilton, I don't think Toto will risk it. I think Mercedes will go for a driver like Ocon or someone really second class to give Hamilton relax and not having to deal with another internal war. Alonso would make things to hard for Hamilton...

trilord wrote:Talking of rumours.. A clause in Alonso's contract... that would be interesting. ;)
Button going back to his old Brawn team for a last year before Mercedes decides on which driver to chose full time..Its all open at the moment...

Bring on next year..

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:39 pm
by trilord
Yeah, from what Toto said today, he doesn't want another number 1 driver, so a rookie (Ocon or Werhlein) or maybe Bottas or Perez could do.
I think the deal these teams have regarding the Mercedes engine package could help. Williams or Force India could get a sweet deal.
I'd quite like the idea of Perez, he has got better since he left McLaren and looks after the car well.
Bottas is looking a bit burned out atm. I cannot remember the last race he really done well, seems to be a bit of a journeyman now.

I think next year could be the last for Hamilton at Mercedes, he hasn't had the backing he requires and this year has been tough.
Maybe a 2018 Ferrari deal or even a return to McLaren (I'd like that) if the Honda engine shines next year. Red Bull is tied up with their youth squad so doubt that will happen.. I reckon Gasly could get a shot at the Torro Rosso next year if Kvyat of Sainz if they don't perform, then maybe a shot at Red Bull in 2018 if he is that decent.

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:40 pm
by Luka77
One option that Haven't been mentioned anywhere is Raikkonen. No way Mclaren lets Alonso out and I don't think Ferrari would let Vettel either. A big name who would almost surely be outperformed by Hamilton at this stage in his career is Kimi and I'd imagine the price for Mercedes buying his services would be better than the money they'd have to pay for Vettel. I don't think they will give the car to one of their younger drivers.. It could be a very boring season if their car is as dominant as ever and the rookie driver (In a front running car) couldn't follow Hamilton... I think Raikkonen could at least get close and make the title fight a little bit interesting. But who knows, we have to wait and see... speculation is fun though! They could call Button or Massa aswell...

About Nico's decision, I think the mental toll of having to fight Hamilton for 3 years has been too much for him, and it makes sense for him to retire knowing he already achieved his dream and it wouldn't make sense for him to change teams or to go for another racing category when he had the car any driver on earth would like to drive... I don't believe he will be a Forgotten champion, he will be remembered as a very good but not elite driver who had great mental toughness and was able to outperform Michael Schumacher and to some extent Hamilton (Although never in a fight between them, in the sense of overtaking them on the track and delivering that highlight reel and defining moment..)

Re: Nico Rosberg Retires!!

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:17 am
by F1Admin
That's exactly what Toto wants, a boring season with Mercedes winning the WC without hiccups... It is a loss for the fans but they don't really care...

Luka77 wrote: It could be a very boring season if their car is as dominant as ever and the rookie driver (In a front running car) couldn't follow Hamilton...