The latest Nico Rosberg news is that Mercedes F1 Non-executive Chairman Niki Lauda claims that there is no “Plan B” as such for his team. Despite half the driver’s grid ready to fill in for the German, Mercedes F1 is not amused at its current “inflation” in options. However, Niki Lauda’s love for Max Verstappen could bring him to the team. Remember the adulation after rain-inflicted Brazilian GP last month?
2016 F1 Champion driver Nico Rosberg has left the Mercedes F1 Team in a major lurch. Winning the Constructors’ Championship for the third consecutive season in 2016 has all fizzled out for his team. Thanks to the surprise retirement announcement by Nico Rosberg last weekend, the Brackley-based motorsport team is “still” clueless about his replacement.
Who will take Nico Rosberg’s place? Will “Mad” Max Verstappen make a sporting maneuver here as well? Niki Lauda might have the answer.
Nico Rosberg News: The Stunning Retirement Announcement
Nico Rosberg’s announced his unexpected retirement just before collecting his trophy at the FIA Prize Giving Gala in Vienna. He lifted the championship trophy on Friday evening along with second place driver and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton was quick to point out that Mercedes F1 is not going to lose much in 2018.
This is the first time the German driver won a racing championship season in 18 years. F1 this season has seen some aggressive racing with the likes of Max Verstappen climbing up the rungs quickly.
For now, Mercedes has to rely on its young driver Pascal Wehrlein. He runs as the favorite to fill the place left vacant by his countryman. Speculations are rife about Fernando Alonso taking a switch to Mercedes team. Jenson Button has recently retired but could well web his way back to Mercedes F1 cockpit following the Nico Rosberg news.
Mastermind Niki Lauda could play a crucial role in the current situation.
What does Niki think about the latest Nico Rosberg news?
According to Germany’s Die Welt broadsheet, Niki Lauda is miffed at the way Rosberg decided to call it a day in F1. He wanted Nico Rosberg to at least specify his conditions on retirement while signing the contract. For all the right reasons, Niki Lauda is perplexed about one thought.
Would Rosberg have continued if he did not win the championship this season? He won with a great car and then retired without hints and approvals. That’s unprofessional and puts the interest of a top F1 team in jeopardy. For now, the transfer windows to Mercedes look bigger and tempting.