2016 Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg was not enticed by either money or fame, according to his former ART boss Frederic Vasseur.
Less than a week after defeating long-time rival Lewis Hamilton to clinch the drivers’ title, Rosberg announced his decision to retire from the sport with immediate effect.
The German felt that the nature of Formula 1 took too much out of him, leaving him little time to spend with his family.
Now, Vasseur, who spearheaded ART when Rosberg clinched the inaugural GP2 title, has revealed that the 31-year-old was not lured by the stardom that came from being a Formula 1 driver.
“I thought about it during the winter break,’’ Vasseur told French TV channel Canal+. “I said to myself one must never make compromises and one has to do what he enjoys best.”
“Despite having just won the world title, Nico was not concerned by fame, money or anything else. I did what he really liked.”
“I found his approach to the whole situation very enthralling. I was one of the very few who took his defense. I think I would have seriously considered doing the same thing.”
Rosberg’s nature is in stark contrast to that of his now-former teammate Hamilton, who has earned himself a celebrity status - and can be seen at several star-studded awards shows.
by Rachit Thukral