Nobody at Mercedes F1 Considers Joining Ferrari Even For a 30% Salary Hike: Nico Rosberg

Published 03/20/2021, 11:58 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TX – Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes WO9 is pushed onto the grid before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, United States. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


When Michael Schumacher’s golden era at Ferrari ended, nobody imagined any other team emulating their dominance. In come Mercedes.

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They have not only emulated the Italians but also went a step further with their unparalleled stronghold over the turbo-hybrid era of F1.

And former World Champion, Nico Rosberg, attributes their success to the leadership structure and team environment. Ross Brawn laid the foundations before exiting the team at the end of 2013. From there, Toto Wolff picked up the pieces and integrated all the different departments to form a singular powerhouse.

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The Austrian built such a family-like environment that nobody considers leaving despite the chance to earn a higher remuneration at a rival outfit.

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 16: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff (R) and engineer Andrew Shovlin talk. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“One key ingredient of that was keeping the talent together in the way that Toto has. It’s unbelievable that every year you can imagine that Ferrari comes in and offers like 30% more salary to probably every single one of those Top-15 people within Mercedes and nobody has ever considered that,” said Rosberg.

“And that is testament to the culture that Toto has installed within Mercedes. How they all feel part of the family, they all love working there. So, they don’t even think about going somewhere else for a bit more money or something.”

Rosberg backs Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to retain his title

This pre-season has been an anomaly for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Because of balance issues with their W12 and in part, Red Bull’s pace, they go into the 2021 F1 season as the slight underdogs.

However, the Finnish-German is not having any of that. He believes that his former arch-nemesis still goes into the brand new season as the favorite to retain his championship title.

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“Nobody can fathom somebody actually beating Lewis throughout the entire season on points. So, the money would still have to go on Lewis.”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Even though as neutrals we may wish for Mercedes’ dominance to end, we can’t help but appreciate the magnitude of the job that they have done over the years to become this perfect, almost unassailable team. Let’s see if Red Bull can truly dislodge them.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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