So this happened…
Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from F1 this afternoon, leaving everybody in a state of “WTF did I just hear?”. Me as well, because this really came out of the blue, given that he signed a contract earlier this year for the next two seasons. Nico has stated that the reason for this retirement is that he wants to spend more time with his family. And I can get behind that, especially since he has a child now. Moreover, he actually stated that he considered retirement should he win the title this year. And regardless of what people might think of him now
However, it’s speculation time now. Who do you think is going to get the drive? My money’s on an experienced driver e.g. Valtteri Bottas or Fernando Alonso (oh how I’d love that). Or who knows, maybe they’ll try and get Sergio Perez. He is one driver I’d really wish would get a top drive again, because that whole McLaren 2013 season seems like bad luck rather than lack of talent. Some people said Pascal Wehrlein might get a drive, but I don’t know if he’s up to the task yet.
Anyhow, one thing’s fore sure, 2017 just got a lot more interesting with this announcement.