Nico Rosberg Opens Up on How Lewis Hamilton Continues to Motivate Him Even After His F1 Retirement

Published 12/19/2021, 9:28 AM EST
STUTTGART, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 29: Mercedes GP Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg (L) of Germany and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain pose during a press conference with Toto Wolff, the Mercedes GP Executive Director, during the annual Mercedes Benz Stars & Cars event at the Mercedes Benz Museum on November 29, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Nico Rosberg is a world champion again! But this time as a team owner. The 2016 F1 world champion owns the RXR Extreme E team in the Extreme E racing series. The team took the championship, while Lewis Hamilton’s Extreme E team X44 finished second.

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Rosberg was delighted after becoming world champion, but even more so as he beat Lewis again. The Monaco-based German had previously beaten the 7-time F1 world champion when they were teammates in Mercedes in 2016.

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I would be lying if I said it doesn’t matter: Nico Rosberg

In an interview before the final race, Rosberg expressed his emotions as his team was on the cusp of the championship.

“I would be lying if I said it doesn’t matter. He’s the best Formula 1 driver of all time and I have a lot of respect for him. But this time I’m most happy that we were able to turn our rivalry in Extreme E into something positive. 

By battling each other on the track, we are raising awareness of the climate crisis.” said Rosberg.

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Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

He also reflected on competing in a different series and that too as a team owner. “ Very tense, of course. It’s a completely different situation than when I drove myself. As a team boss, you give up the steering wheel to a certain extent. 

But it will still be super intense for me and the team. In the end, it comes down to not making mistakes and not losing your nerve. I think we can do that and I am in very good spirits.” said Nico.

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Well, it is interesting to see both world champions re-ignite their rivalry again, albeit this time as team owners. It would also be interesting to hear Lewis’ views on his team’s performance this season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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