Ros­berg shows no signs of re­gret

New Straits Times - - Sport - AP

Re­tired For­mula One cham­pion Nico Ros­berg seemed to have a good time, and no re­grets, on Wed­nes­day at the track.

Ros­berg, who walked away from the se­ries five days af­ter win­ning the ti­tle with Mercedes last year, was at the Cir­cuit Barcelona-Catalunya for the third day of pre-sea­son test­ing.

“For me it was cool be­cause there was not one sin­gle mo­ment where I thought, ‘Oh, damn, I should be sit­ting in that car,’” the 31-year-old Ros­berg said. “That was in­ter­est­ing for me to re­alise. And perfect, of course.”

Ros­berg was at the Barcelona track for the morn­ing test ses­sion, which was led by his re­place­ment at Mercedes, Valtteri Bot­tas. Ros­berg spent most of his time in the pad­dock, talk­ing to sev­eral driv­ers and teams.

“It was a nice ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” Ros­berg said. “First of all, of course, see­ing my rac­ing fam­ily again was fun.”

Ros­berg showed op­ti­mism about the fu­ture of F1 un­der the reg­u­la­tion changes that led to big­ger and faster cars.

“It’s awe­some, the vibe at the mo­ment,” he said. “Ev­ery­body is so ex­cited. There is just such a hype at the mo­ment, and that’s perfect, that’s what the sport needs. So it’s all go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. Big hope that the sport can be­come even bet­ter.”

Ros­berg said he ex­pects the new cars to take the driv­ers to the limit phys­i­cally.

“They look like proper mon­sters and that’s how it should be,” he said. “F1 should be ab­so­lutely very, very ex­treme. With those cars the driv­ers need to be gla­di­a­tors out there. Now they are hurt­ing bad, all of them.

“And that’s great to hear, that’s how it should be also, it should take the driv­ers phys­i­cally to their ab­so­lute lim­its and maybe we will even see some races where some­one will lose a win be­cause he’s just knack­ered. That would be ex­cit­ing.”

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