Nico Rosberg exclusive interview: ‘Going out on a high has been beautiful and so powerful

Nico Rosberg exclusive interview: 'Going out on a high has been beautiful and so powerful

“I have so much empathy for someone like Andy,” Rosberg says. “He knows that he can be out there dominating, but his body just can’t take it. My God, it’s so horrible. I know how much it gave me to retire on my own terms.”

For all that Toto Wolff, formerly his team principal at Mercedes, has mischievously raised the prospect of a Rosberg return, he is adamant that he has no yearnings to rejoin the fray. While he has committed to punditry roles with Sky and German network RTL, this is as far as his involvement extends. “I’m fulfilled, there’s nothing missing. I’m happy to see everybody – so long as it’s only for seven weekends a year.”

One day, perhaps when Rosberg considers a memoir, the full truth about his relationship with Hamilton will emerge. At times, the dynamic between them was visibly toxic, not least when a victorious Hamilton threw a cap for second place at his team-mate, only to see it hurled straight back. For now, his lauding of his old adversary is polite, but perfunctory. “Whoever thought it would be possible for Lewis to go after Michael Schumacher’s records? It’s just madness. I’m proud to have raced next to him, and to have managed to beat him. That’s about it.”

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