Nico Rosberg 'not surprised' Ferrari lost in 2017

  • 06 Dec 2017 13:03
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Nico Rosberg insists he continues to have no regrets about deciding to quit F1 at the age of 31. The German said there had been some "difficult moments" adapting to life in the slower lane, but insists he is happier than ever.

And Rosberg told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is also extremely usy. "Today I am a family man, an advertising medium, a manager. And I am looking after investments, especially for start-up companies in the field of mobility."

Next up is an autobiography, and "I am beyond the planning stage". And when he quit F1 a year ago, he said he wanted to learn to play guitar and to ski, with the latter having been prohibited by his Mercedes contract. "I have not been skiing yet but that will come in the next weeks," Rosberg smiled. "I started to play guitar in 2016 but then I got tendinitis."

Finally, the German said he enjoyed watching the 2017 season as a spectator. "I thought it was a great season," he said. "Ferrari put up a great fight, but I'm not surprised they failed, because Mercedes raised the bar again. I expect a very competitive Ferrari for 2018, but Mercedes has become even stronger. I know very well what they are capable of." (GMM)

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  • f1dave

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    Maybe rethink the skiing thing.

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    • Dec 6 2017 - 17:52
  • We all suspected it from the beginning, it was just a matter of time we thought, even with equal conditions. And then the FIA allowed Mercedes to continue to burn oil, and they pretty much gave Mercedes the win.

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    • Dec 6 2017 - 17:54
    • Point well taken. However, I think Ferrari threw away the championship with Vettel's driving errors and unreliability. With a couple of exceptions, Mercedes had the 2nd best car pretty much since the summer break.

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      • Dec 6 2017 - 19:08
    • I honestly dont think the Mercedes were as bad as they claimed, it certainly wasnt after the summer break. It was just a matter of time before reliability woes would hit Ferrari, true, and as I said we pretty much expected Mercedes to come out winning somehow. Either way, I really despise the FIA for their uneven rulings on things. IMO, either you ban oil burning for everyone, or you dont ban it at all. And of all the teams that didnt need that kind of advantage, Mercedes needed it the least. At the end of the day, they didnt need the best car on the grid, that engine along with that reliability was all they needed. I really hope Im wrong in that I suspect Ferrari might struggle a bit in 2018, and I also hope Im truly wrong when I fear that the 3 unit allocations might deal a bad blow to F1 as a whole, but we'll see. Im a really optimistic person, in case you havent noticed!

      As for how many actual mistakes Vettel made this season... Well, most were pretty much not mistakes, it was things that was out of his control, like the start in Singapore.

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      • Dec 6 2017 - 20:53
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    Yep, have to agreer ferrari self destructed, not sure it would have turned the rest overall but it would have been a lot closer. Fait play to them too - they've admitted as much, lets hope it doesn't happen in 2018 as I hate watching dead rubbers.

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    • Dec 6 2017 - 19:46
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 366

    How about we start to pitch in predictions for the first venue to award grid penalty for PU violation?

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    • Dec 6 2017 - 21:46
  • f1ski

    Posts: 301

    Again inconsistencies from the FIA if they deemed all teams must reduce oil burthen that should take place immediately. Not for all teams save one.

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    • Dec 6 2017 - 22:52

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