Nico Rosberg says he has been thinking about replacing Lewis Hamilton in 2020. The Briton was infected with the corona virus during the Sakhir Grand Prix and was therefore not allowed to participate in the race. In the end, George Russell replaced the seven-time world champion and Rosberg believes that was the right choice.
“I thought about it and I thought to myself that it would be really cool if I sit there again,” Rosberg told Antenne Bayern. Still, the single world champion soon came to the conclusion that he would not have been the right choice as Hamilton’s replacement. ‘I wouldn’t stand a chance today. I wouldn’t have a chance to do more than three laps at all. My arms would immediately stop and my neck would fall between my legs. I have no more muscles!’
Rosberg: ‘If I were driving in Monaco now, I would certainly be scared’
The German-Finnish world champion decided to end his Formula 1 career in 2016 after taking the world title and beating Hamilton in the title fight. Rosberg has not raced in Formula 1 or any other class of motorsport since then. Russell was therefore the logical replacement for Hamilton. The young Briton passed with flying colors and seemed well on his way to also winning the Grand Prix, but a bad pit stop ruined Russell’s race.
Although Rosberg is no longer physically good enough to drive a Formula 1 car, he also says that mentally he no longer has the strength for it. Some jobs would be a stumbling block for the former driver. “If I were driving in Monaco now, I would certainly be scared too.” In Bahrain, Rosberg would have no fear. ‘It is located in the middle of the desert and has many run-out zones. I wouldn’t be afraid there.’ Unfortunately we haven’t been able to see Rosberg in action anymore and most likely we won’t.