Nico Rosberg says the huge workload and intensity associated with the job of leading an F1 team “is not for me”, a feeling based on his observations of Toto Wolff’s life at Mercedes.
Rosberg withdrew from F1 after winning the world championship with Mercedes in 2016 and has since always refused to resume his career as a driver in another category.
But Rosberg’s interest in investing in green technologies and electric mobility led him to jump on the Extreme E car, the electric off-road and adventurous racing series that started this year and where he fielded his own team, Rosberg X Racing.
The 35-year-old is heavily involved in the management of RXR’s outfit, but Rosberg insists it is as far as he will ever go as team manager, and admits to having no ambitions of ever running an F1 team.
“It does not appeal to me,” Rosberg told the German website Formel1.de. “It would be too much.
“It’s a full-time job: morning, noon, evening, all day. When I see how intensely Toto works on the Formula 1 team, it’s not something for me, I want to avoid it in my life.
“I experienced it as a driver, that intensity and addiction, and I do not want that again.”
But Rosberg nonetheless remains an avid observer of F1’s affairs, and the German is delighted to see how the world of Grand Prix racing embraces sustainability.
“I think the journey Formula 1 takes is great,” he said. “We live in Extreme E: how to be a sustainable motorsport format, and Formula 1 is now on the way as well.
“For example, by 2025 all their events will be categorized as sustainability events, which means they are very energy efficient with very low CO2 emissions and so on. Then in 2030, the whole sport will be emission free.
“It’s an important direction. But the power solution will still be interesting and we’ll probably have to go all the way to synthetic fuels.
“Although it is difficult to design it because it is very expensive and very energy intensive to produce, I think it would be a very valuable positioning for F1.”
As for his ambitions as a driver, the F1 world champion in 2016 is convinced that he is permanently finished with F1 and no amount will ever lure him out of retirement.
“Salary has never played a role for me,” he said. “I still had two years left on my contract, and the salary on that contract also had many zeros.
“You can not motivate me with money. I have no interest in that. I fulfilled my career as I wanted with the World Cup and I am happy with my new life.
“So the thought never came up there, and it never will. It’s over.”
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