Toto Wolff’s Mercedes F1 Role Doesn’t Appeal to Me: Rosberg

Published 06/12/2021, 6:58 AM EDT


Mercedes F1 team principal, Toto Wolff, is undeniably one of the most successful bosses of the hybrid era, having secured 14 championship titles. However, behind such a prodigious success is the abundant load of stress and pressure that may often have taken a toll on the Austrian.

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Nico Rosberg, who bears a fair share of contribution in gaining the 14 titles, opened up that he would never return to the F1 paddock as a team principal.

Why you might ask? The German felt that Wolff’s job is extremely intense, having to work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. And Rosberg has worked alongside Wolff for over 4 seasons. Hence, this may have subsequently pushed Rosberg to loathe the idea of leading an F1 team.

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Doesn’t appeal to me: Ex Mercedes driver

As reported by Formule1, Rosberg opened up about the chances of seeing himself in the paddock as a part of an outfit. “It doesn’t really appeal to me. It would be too much for me,” the 35-year-old said.

It’s a full-time job: morning, afternoon, evening, all day. When I see how intensively Toto works. That is not for me. I want to avoid that in my life. I experienced that as a driver, that intensity and dependence and I don’t want that again,” Rosberg added.

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)

Rosberg joined Mercedes in 2010 alongside 7-time world champion, Michael Schumacher. The German had to wait for 6 seasons to finally accomplish his dream of becoming a world champion.

What’s more, the Mercedes driver did it in style, at the very end of the season in Abu Dhabi, with Lewis Hamilton desperately finding ways to sabotage his race.

My career as an F1 driver is over: Rosberg

The German clarified he would never return to F1 as a driver even if a team approaches him with a mind-blowing offer.

I have completed my career the way I wanted, with a world title. I am happy with my new life. So that thought has never crossed my mind and it never will. That is over,” Rosberg said.

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Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP speaks with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Rosberg is currently investing his entire focus on Extreme-E, an all-electric off-road racing series, where he owns a team. What’s more interesting is that his childhood rival, Hamilton, too, runs his own team.

However, both the drivers affirmed that their intentions were to play a part in combating climate change. Hence, despite the odds falling against an on-track fallout between the two, can the duo re-ignite their rivalry as team owners in Extreme-E?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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