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Nico Rosberg regrets "putting Mercedes in this situation"

  • Published on 14 Dec 2016 10:26
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Nico Rosberg has admitted that one of the most difficult parts of his decision to quit Formula One was "putting Mercedes in this situation".

Mercedes are currently searching for a replacements for the newly-crowned world champion, with Valtteri Bottas and Pascal Wehrlein heading the queue.

But the team finds itself in such a predicament less than 100 days before the first Grand Prix weekend of the 2017 season.

"Toto (Wolff) was very understanding, with Niki (Lauda) it took a little more time," Rosberg told French broadcaster Canal Plus.

Speaking of the two leading candidates to replace him, Rosberg said: "I don't know. But I do know that Valtteri Bottas and Pascal Wehrlein are both excellent drivers."

Rosberg reportedly gave up a two-year Mercedes contract worth around €45 million.

"It was a good contract," the German admitted, "but I didn't even think about money in my decision. Through my work, I was able to make a lot of money, and I understood that more would not have made me happier in the future."

Regarding his own future, Rosberg added: "Jacques (Villeneuve) told me once to continue as long as possible, but I didn't listen and I'm relaxed about my decision."

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