After shocking viewers and fellow racers alike with his retirement announcement shortly after his first title, Nico Rosberg looked like he was aiming to leave on a high note – yet it looks like he’ll be back sooner than expected.
Mercedes has confirmed that Rosberg will return for the 2017 season, although in what they’re referring to as an “ambassadorial” role. Rosberg’s quick return – if it can be called that – is sure to be of no surprise to many of those out there who’ve been viewing has “retirement” as nothing more than a brief pause from the action. We don’t know what exactly is prompting Nico to accept such a position. A clause in his former contract seems unlikely. Mercedes is certain to have many contingencies for potential events, but this doesn’t look like it’s one of them.
It’s very likely that Rosberg is nowhere near as done with the sport as he would like to have us believe.
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) December 18, 2016
And it makes sense. Here’s why:
Rosberg has been racing for his whole life. While being a father is certainly a full-time job, it’s insane to think that he’s going to remove himself from the world of competitive racing for so long. His decision to return to the sport in whatever this “ambassadorial” position is could be seen as a highly efficient way for him to keep tabs on the ins-and-outs of the game while having to devote significantly less time than he did before. In short, he’s putting himself in a prime position to jump back on the track whenever he wants.
Rosberg won’t be earning in F1 in 2017, but these guys will. Here are the 2017 F1 driver salaries – there are some crazy numbers:
Personally, I think it’s not a matter of if but of when. There’s no way to call it now, but it wouldn’t be the first time that a driver has announced their “retirement” only to come back to the sport later.