Frontpage   |   Twitter   |   Photos   |   Game   |   Standings Monday 25 September 2017
 
Thursday 8 December at 09:35
Rosberg defends decision after Lauda criticism
Font size:
Thursday 8 December at 09:35 : Dec.8 (GMM) Nico Rosberg has hit back at his former boss Niki Lauda, following criticism of his sudden decision to quit Mercedes and formula one.

Lauda, the F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman, had said German Rosberg made the outfit look "stupid" by leaving it with a top driver to replace in December.

But Rosberg told the German newspaper Die Zeit: "I don't understand what Niki was riding when he said that. He must have misunderstood something.

"If it had only been up to me, I would rather have waited until Christmas to announce my retirement, but I didn't want to do that to the team," he added.

Rosberg said there is little room for pure selfishness in F1, "But my life belongs to me".

So Rosberg defended his decision to quit as champion, insisting that had he failed to achieve his career dream this year, he would have tried again in 2017.

"It was strange," he said. "The thought of quitting was motivating. At the same time I couldn't think about it too much, otherwise I would lose focus."

But he did reveal the extent of the stress he was under as he fought for the title this year, saying that "because of the pressure", he struggled even to sleep.

And referring to his battles since 2014 with Hamilton, Rosberg told Sport Bild: "Fighting Lewis in the same car and losing twice was horrible -- disgusting.

"I had to fight back again and again. Beating him is just exhausting. It sucks a lot out of you physically but most of all mentally.

"I did mental training, started to meditate. In Japan, I met a zen master before the race. I raised everything to the next level.

"Last winter, I bought two go-karts and drove, drove, drove -- as much as when I was 14 and fought for the karting world championship. And I analysed why Lewis beat me so often in fights and realised I had to take more risks.

"Now I have reached my goal. Sure, I could have gone on, trying to defend the title. But why?

"It's easy to want more, more, more, but you also have to be careful and not lose yourself as a person. For me there is nothing more than this title. I wanted it and I got it.

"I feel as though I have climbed Mount Everest, I'm standing on the top and no peak that I see is higher."
RELATED NEWS ITEMS
16-09 Rosberg to help Kubica's F1 comeback
22-08 Formula E is 'the future' - Rosberg
10-08 Rosberg tips Mercedes to beat Ferrari
27-07 Rosberg to be Formula E team boss - report
14-07 Rosberg rules out Ferrari comeback
19-06 Rosberg hits back at Wolff, Hamilton reports
15-06 Wolff backtracks after Rosberg return comments
 
NEXT RACE 26 March 2017
Grand Prix of Australia (5,303 m)
Melbourne, Albert Park Circuit
Last Winner: Nico Rosberg
TV schedule
Friday - practice 1
12:30 - 14:00

Friday - practice 2
16:30 - 18:00

Saturday - practice 3
14:00 - 15:00

Saturday - qualification
17:00 - 18:00

Sunday - race
16:00

Friday - practice 1

Friday - practice 2

Saturday - practice 3

Saturday - qualification

Sunday - race

STANDINGS 2016
Driver championship
1.Hamilton263
2.Vettel235
3.Bottas212
Constructors championship
1.Mercedes475
2.Ferrari375
3.Red Bull230
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
www.ReserveDeler24.CO.NO
autoverzekering - Pricewise
 
RECENT PHOTO'S
Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Singapore Sunday 2017 Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Singapore Sunday 2017 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Hamilton, Bottas, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017
Hamilton, Bottas, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Singapore Sunday 2017 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Singapore Sunday 2017 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Singapore Sunday 2017 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Singapore Sunday 2017 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Singapore Sunday 2017 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Singapore Sunday 2017
Copyright ©2017 Onestopstrategy.com   |   Poki - Racing spelletjes About us    |    Contact    |    Advertising    |    Vacancies    |    Privacy Statement