Nico RosbergNico Rosberg - 24 year old pilot of the series formula - 1, was born on June 27 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Nico played for the team and Mercedes GP WilliamsF1. Rosberg came after a season in Formula World Championship Grand Prix in 2005, this season ended in victory for him in the Art Grand Prix, and in April the same year, Williams announced Nico Rosberg test - pilot. Nico Rosberg son of Finnish champion Formula One season in January 1982 Keke Rosberg. Fluent in four languages Italian, French, English and German, a little more complicated with the Finnish, despite the fact that he studied it hard. The beginning of his career spent under German rider and the Finnish flag, but the famous Formula 1 driver appears under the flag of Germany. Toward the end of the year it was suggested Rosberg - the place to invite the young prize-winning pilot. His stellar career he began in 1996 and won the regional kart championship in Germany in karting. In 1997 - 1998 years. Nico participated in the North American and French Karting Championship, and 4th place was taken in 1999 in the junior championship of karting in Europe. Hence began the famous racing career in Formula 1. Rosberg took part in the 2000 and 2001. in the world and European championship karting. In 2002 Nico Rosberg came in the Formula BMW, but to speak in the European Formula One series has turned out only in 2003 and 2004. Rosberg predetermined fate of the work on the tests, which took place in the team of Williams, where Nico has demonstrated stability and performance in a team and technical education at a high enough level. This work was done at the same time with the championship Grand Prix 2, where Nico participated in the 2005 season and became the winner. His debut in Formula 1 is perhaps the most desirable time for any novice rider's career. In this case, Nico Rosberg can simply be called lucky, because he had the opportunity to make his debut in a team that knows how to win and have already won. After the first arrival in Bahrain, Rosberg brought his team score, finishing with the seventh place. For Rosberg in 2008 championship started with a podium. At the end of the season Rosberg was waiting for another success in Singapore. The driver is better able to take advantage of all the other exit to the highway safety of machines, finishing the night Grand Prix in second place. Many times there were rumors about Nico Rosberg going into the other team.
In 2018 the official tyre supplier of Formula 1 added to its range with two new composition, even more delineations of color and level of softness.World champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said "I believe that such a large number of colors of the tyres is the wrong approach. Nobody cares about such details. In each race teams have for soft, medium and hard tire, and their marking must be the same every time. The total number of squads doesn't matter to the audience".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that this year will once again win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. And this in spite of the promising rumors that came from Maranello.Nico Rosberg "My prediction matches what happened in the past year. Thus, at this time wins again Lewis Hamilton, one step ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas and both pilots of Red Bull, and this time Verstappen will be faster Riccardo".
Champion of the season in 2016 and the Manager of Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg said pole still not lost hope to compete in Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "it is great that Robert was able to get the job to Williams. He can roll a lot of miles. For him this is a great contract, and certainly a step in the right direction."Let's remind, that Kubica has collected 8 million sponsorship to Williams, which only lasted for the position of reserve pilot British team.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg hopes that one day he will be able to build relationship with Lewis Hamilton.Nico Rosberg "I retired in the highest point. I fought for the title with the best pilot of our time on the same machines. We fought until the last race. I came out the winner, so you can be happy with yourself.Does it irritate me Lewis We were really good friends, and I still have great respect for him.In fact, he is a good guy. Of course, on the camera we managed to pose and behaved aggressively, but in Formula 1 with its values can not be otherwise. I really hope that one day we re gonna be friends".
Flavio Briatore, former head of the commands Benetton Renault, indirectly confirmed that the free space in Williams is Sergey Sirotkin, but not Robert Kubica, whose work leads the 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.Flavio Briatore "I'm sorry that Kubica was able to negotiate with Williams. I spoke with Rosberg, and he said that he tried various options, but the pilot from Russia, a big budget, about 20 million, but Kubica was able to collect approximately 7-10 million.Sorry. And I don't even know the name of this Russian. Very strange that the leaders of the championship did not help Robert to return to Formula 1 - that would be great".
Champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said that his style of flying he was able to embody the soft character of his mother.Nico Rosberg "My father was also a pilot, but my personality is closer to my mother. My racing style a little expressed it, because my father was a crazy guy in the car, he always exceeded the limit, whereas I was much more controlled and smoother.I also like to meditate every day. It helps me grow as a person and learn something about ourselves why we feel jealous, why we get angry, why we all have difficulties with parents and partners. Meditation helps to understand these feelings and act more appropriately".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg said that he hasn't signed a new contract with Mercedes.In 2017 Niko was listed as a Ambassador of the German brand. In 2018 he joined German broadcaster RTL to replace Niki Lauda as an expert on Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "My Ambassador Mercedes contract expires at the end of the year, so I'm completely independent.I might be the Ambassador of Daimler the following year, but that won't stop me in front of a neutral and justified criticism of the Mercedes team during the race. Nicky managed to do it as a team member, so I can too".
Champion 2016 Nico Rosberg has officially replaced Niki Lauda as an expert on Formula 1 for German TV channel RTL.It was also announced that RTL has retained the rights to broadcast the championship for the next three years.The head of RTL Frank Hoffmann "This is really good news for RTL and especially for our viewers".Nico Rosberg "I agreed. My father was a precursor to Nicki on RTL, so I continue the family tradition".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he is not going to re-start a friendship with Nico Rosberg.In the days of the performances in karting, Lewis and Nico were friends, but after the fight for the title as a part of Mercedes in 2014-2016 they turned into stiff rivals.Niki Lauda "Their relationship was so bad that in the morning they didn't even say Hello".Rosberg after winning the championship and retiring from Formula 1 has admitted that he is ready to regain the friendship.Nico Rosberg "We were very good friends in the past but this could be repeated in the future. We are no longer rivals, I completely crossed this point, so I don't understand why we can't again good".However, Hamilton is configured differently.Lewis Hamilton "I last spoke with Nico in Japan, but I don't put any energy to change in our relationship. I don't want to be friends with him".
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda decided to leave the role of expert TV channel RTL F1, so there were rumors that German television could lose the right to broadcast the events of the championship.But now Bild newspaper reported that negotiations RTL and Liberty Media completed successfully.But a spokesman for RTL insisted "I can not confirm this fact. There is no contract, we're not ready yet".However, it is argued that the former Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock will alternate between a Grand Prix to replace Lauda.
During the past season by the leaders of the race had time to visit only six pilots. Most of all the leader of the race passed champion Lewis Hamilton 2871 km 47.4 per cent of the total distance of 20 races. Last year, the achievement became champion Nico Rosberg was a little worse 42.8 percent.Of the six pilots in the lead in the race, only Kimi Raikkonen has never won.Leading in the race in the season 2017, the pilots, km1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 28712. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13123. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 9624. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 6395. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 1436. Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 137 already mentioned, six pilots have been at the head of the race this year. For comparison in 2016, the leader managed to visit also 6 pilots, in 2015 - 7 pilots, in 2014-m - 10 pilots in 2012 and 2013 - 13 pilots. And the record maximum of 15 pilots belongs to season 2008. Record-minimum of 4 of the pilot - behind the season 1988.Passed distance record remains Vettel, who in the 2011 season stayed on the first position 3794 km 65.5 of the race of all races.Leading in the race in the season 2017, teams, km1. Mercedes - 3833 63.2 per cent2. Ferrari - 14553. Red Bull - 775 consecutive year in this ranking no McLaren. Meanwhile, this team holds the record for leading in the race. In 1988 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost drove in the first position 4622 km, but then the season consisted of 16 races, so in percentage terms 97,4 achievement of the British team remains out of reach.Maximum number of teams, pilots who managed to get in the head of the race, remains the leader of season-1975 - 10 teams. Only three teams could boast of leadership in 1953, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2002 gg.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg admitted that he was not surprised by the loss of Ferrari last season.Nico Rosberg "Today I'm a family man, advertising agent, Manager. And I'm looking for investments, especially for start-up companies in the field of mobility.I think it was a great season. Ferrari showed a good fight, but I'm not surprised that they failed because Mercedes has again raised the bar.I expect that next year Ferrari will be quick, Mercedes will be even stronger. I know very well what they can do".
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg does not preclude the replacement of Niki Lauda as a full television pundit on German television.During the broadcast of the final in 2017 in Abu Dhabi last Sunday Lauda shocked the audience by saying that it was his last race as an expert on free channel RTL.Since then, the Bild newspaper conducts poll on who should replace him, and Rosberg, who worked during the weekend in Abu Dhabi for RTL, topped the charts.Nico Rosberg "It's great. I think people liked what I did, but it was also fun for me. I still don't know what I'll do next year, but I'm open to anything.At the moment this is theoretical discussion, because the RTL has no rights on TV broadcasts of Formula 1 next year".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that there are signs that his former teammate Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will soon leave the championship.Nico Rosberg "He has hinted this year that he didn't want to spend so much time on travel. He would not have done this if I didn't think about it at least a little bit."However, it is expected that negotiations about prolongation of the contract with Hamilton in the Mercedes has already started.Toto Wolff "He is an important part of the team. He was a very strong pilot, and it helps him and the team. So I hope that he will be with us in the future.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes valid till the end of 2018.
Champion of the season in 2016, Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton drove this year at half strength.Nico Rosberg "I know where he went last year, and I'm probably the best judge. I'd say this season he's flying at half strength. He clearly could be better.During the season he had his strong and weak points, and like last season, Sebastian Vettel attempted to exploit those weaknesses. But the difference this year was the fact that, unlike in 2016, that Lewis has won almost everything for the Mercedes.Last year we had flown at such a high level that Valtteri bottas was the very hard to repeat that.In addition, I was genuinely surprised at how Mercedes have managed to adapt to the new rules. Very rarely it happens that after the transition to the new rules, the dominance of one of the teams goes on".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he needs to again prove that he deserves a place in the team which is.Finn had a strong start in 2017 after replacing Nico Rosberg, but in the second half of the season, his pace dropped.Valtteri Bottas "the Season was difficult. I was definitely hoping for more, but I'm glad I proved to myself and the team that we deserve a place for next year. I could not beat Hamilton this year, but I'm working on my weaknesses.Next year everything will start from scratch. I will need to re-prove whether I am worthy of a new contract. I have not had a lot of problems with the pressure because I felt that the whole team was on my side".The contract with Botas was extended through 2018. At the end of next year, Mercedes will have a choice between him, Daniel ricciardo and Esteban the Window.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that Sebastian Vettel can win next year.Nico Rosberg "this year they had a great opportunity to win the championship, but Mercedes was stronger. So I think the gap between Mercedes and Ferrari may be even more in the new season.But let's face the truth, even Mercedes makes mistakes. Sebastian needs to work and believe that he will be able to take advantage of luck at the right time. He can win the title".
As it turned out, the Cup champion who last year was awarded to Nico Rosberg, was damaged. It has a decent dent. Now the FIA will have to restore the Cup before handing it to Lewis Hamilton.Nico Rosberg "I received an official letter from the FIA, asking me what Cup. Yes, there was a dent, I apologize for that. But now it's all care of FIA. Apparently, they somehow solve this problem".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg once again denied any rumors that he may return to Formula-1.Nico Rosberg "On the return can not be and speeches. I got what I wanted, and my new life going in the right direction.I haven't missed anything - I'm completely done with racing. Now I love to enjoy the races, watching them.I no longer compete with Lewis, so it makes me feel better. He deserves this success because he had a great year".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg congratulated his former teammate Lewis Hamilton.Nico Rosberg "Lewis, I congratulate you. A truly amazing performance this year and really deserved fourth title - very, very impressive result.I hope everyone enjoyed this season. The battle between Mercedes and Ferrari was fun, but next year they will join Red Bull.I also congratulate Mercedes, because they did a great job. They pretty much started from scratch, but continued to dominate. By the end of the season, their strength has only grown. It's very impressive".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he was not going to leave the championship, as he did last year Nico Rosberg, becoming the champion.Lewis Hamilton "Obviously, I could do just as well, as did Nico, who just stopped and retired with his title. I could also make four.But I think that I still have passion, I want more challenges, and I like it, I love it".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that if this year Nico Rosberg continued to speak, he could not spread their wings.Lewis Hamilton "absolutely not. I would not be able to achieve such dynamics in the work on the track and beyond. Care Nico helped me a lot.Last year we sat down at the negotiating table with Toto Wolff. We laid everything out on the table. Saw that it is better for the team and decided that now works".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg said that does not exclude the possibility of working as a team leader, but only in the distant future.Nico Rosberg "No, I don't want to be associated with his father's championship team in the DTM. But to visit a party in honor of the title was great. I've seen a lot of people who played a huge role in my own career when I went to Team Rosberg in the Formula 3 and Formula BMW.It was a wonderful time, we did a lot of thinking. Now I'm not looking for a post of the head. But of course, I consider all options. Racing is my passion, especially Formula 1. That's why I commented on the Grand Prix in Japan, as well as in the career of Kubica. I support it in return in any way possible".
Champion of the season in 2016, Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton needs to pull himself together if he wants to get the title this year.Nico Rosberg "Now it's incredibly fast, and lucky. At the same time everything went wrong for Sebastian Vettel. Lewis demonstrates incredible consistency, and it's hard to do from race to race.If you look at the Lewis and Vettel, my ex-partner faster per lap on pure speed. But Sebastian more strong emotionally. At such a high level of competition, even small things play a big role.If something is bothering you, or you put energy into something else, then you might throw back. It happened to Lewis last year when, after a skirmish with the journalist, he continued to fight with the press.It's wasted energy, especially in the decisive phase of the world Cup. Anything can throw your concentration.Now I'm neutral, but, as a fan, what happened in Japan, I did not like. Everyone wanted to see fight for the title until the last race.I'm sure even Lewis likes to fight until the last minute, but that's Motorsport. In any case, Mercedes and Lewis can't sit idly by even in this situation".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg told about the weakness of Lewis Hamilton, which can be used to defeat him.Nico Rosberg "His natural speed is phenomenal, but his weakness is that he is difficult to tolerate their downs and losses during the season. If someone wants to beat Lewis, then you need to skillfully use psychological impact on him in such moments.That's what I tried to do last year, and all went well, and that's what Sebastian Vettel needs to do this year".
Pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg believes that Valtteri bottas to need quite a bit of work on ourselves to win some games.Nico Rosberg "I said that Valtteri don't need to flaunt their problems. He needs to lower his head and work on yourself. Japan showed that it really helped.In the race he managed to regain confidence, he realized that fast. I think now he is calm about this. But work on them is still standing".
This year's defending champion Nico Rosberg a few times turned into a commentator. The Germans liked this role, and he is ready to consider proposals of the broadcasters.Martin Brandl, former drinking Formula 1, and now TV commentator "Nico is a treasure for any broadcaster. He knows these hybrid cars just thoroughly, he knows all the drivers, all the tracks, he is also a world champion, defending champion".Nico Rosberg "I think that can give the role of TV expert new level. If I like it, I'll be back. Maybe this year. But I'm not affiliated with any broadcaster in the contract".