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Nico Rosberg's retirement "not good for Formula One."

  • Published on 13 Dec 2016 11:05
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that Nico Rosberg's retirement is a loss for Formula One.

F1 supremo Ecclestone previously said that Rosberg winning the championship instead of team mate Hamilton would not be good for F1, but his latest statements appear to backtrack on that.

"Okay, not as popular as Lewis, but Nico was a very popular driver," he told PTI news agency. "So his absence is certainly not good for Formula One."

Ecclestone is also worried that Rosberg's potential replacement Pascal Wehrlein would not be a match for Hamilton.

That is the claim of Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio, writing in Globo Esporte.

However, Ecclestone isn't willing to influence Mercedes' decision.

"A lot of people are linking Alonso with Mercedes but I would like to wait and see what decision the team takes."

Big names seemingly ruled out

Williams recently rejected an approach from Mercedes for Valtteri Bottas.

The German marque reportedly offered a discount of more than half on the British team's customer engine deal, as well as the services of junior driver Wehrlein, but Williams were unwilling to cooperate.

One reason given is that Williams' title sponsor Martini are keen to have an older driver with the team.

"For marketing reasons, the liquor giant needs an older driver,"claims Bild.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel has reacted angrily to suggestions he could leave Ferrari for Mercedes.

"Stop! It's not an issue. I have a contract with Ferrari in 2017," he told Blick

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  • Wolfgang

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    bernie is completely ridiculous..

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    • Dec 13 2016 - 12:03
    • ianf1

      Posts: 184

      Actually I think Bernie has a point here. From his ($$$) point of view, a "not as popular, but very popular" champion defending his championship is better than no champion. His concerns about PW not being a match for LH could be irrelevant though because I think Red Bull will have the upper hand next year anyway. I believe the show is still going to be interesting for that reason.

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      • Dec 13 2016 - 14:05

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