After Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula 1, the entire world was in shock. The 2016 World Champion called it quits after winning his title. He is, in many ways, the sort of driver we have been craving for ever since his exit.
After his departure, there were several rumours surrounding him and he recently has debunked the most prominent one.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were a strong pairing at Mercedes. However, they had fierce and ultimately unhealthy rivalry which led them to fight each other for points and wins.
Toto Wolff tried to convince him to stay
Just before his retirement, the paddock was already buzzing with rumours of him wanting to quit the outfit. As a result, his resignation was not much of a shock for Wolff.
In an interview with Motorsport.Total.com, Rosberg said that rumours of Wolff being unhappy were “never true”.
He also added that the team wanted him to stick around as the two drivers were pushing each other to give a better performance.
The outfit wanted Rosberg to stay so bad that even Niki Lauda tried to convince him.
Rosberg said, “Especially Niki. Sure, it would have been easier if I kept driving.”
Rosberg: Verstappen is only now understanding Hamilton
Even with their relationship turning bitter, Rosberg does not deny how good a driver Hamilton is.
With Max Verstappen now the primary rival of Hamilton, the German claims that the Dutchman is only now getting an idea of the Brit’s skills.
Talking about the Portuguese Grand Prix, Nico said, “What a phenomenal race by Lewis. I’m a bit amused because Max Verstappen is starting to understand better and better how good Lewis Hamilton is.
“He needs to do everything perfect to beat him in the World Championship but at the moment it is 2-1 for Lewis,” Rosberg concluded.
Verstappen, of course, was in no mood for tips from Rosberg.
Verstappen now has another chance to beat Hamilton in Monaco. Hamilton is currently leading the championship and Verstappen hopes to earn some crucial points in the upcoming race.
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