German-Finnish former professional racing driver Nico Rosberg, who competed in Formula 1 from 2006 to 2016, winning the World Drivers’ Championship in 2016, was recently interviewed by the Italian media and spoke about what is happening at Scuderia Ferrari and how according to him it may not be the right choice for the Maranello team’s plans of winning the Formula 1 titles.
In the interview for the Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the 2016 F1 world champion also pointed to Red Bull and Mercedes to underline the mentality difference and also the difference in team management.
Nico Rosberg explained: “Is it right to change? I don’t know, but I know that continuity is a value in Formula 1. Mercedes and Red Bull have not changed most of the key people for ten years. That’s what Ferrari lacks. Being a Team Principal is one of the hardest jobs in the world.” – he explained.
The German then put himself in the shoes of a driver and continued – “If I were a driver and I could choose the team in which to race, I would go to Red Bull, to be on the safe side. Or in Ferrari because I never had this opportunity during my F1 career and it Ferrari will always have a unique charm and because it’s the historical red team. But I wouldn’t go there hoping to win the title.” – Nico Rosberg admitted.
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The former Formula 1 driver therefore is not confident the Italian side will be able to challenge Red Bull and Mercedes in the fight for the 2023 Formula One world championships. Despite the fact that Nico Rosberg still recognizes the Maranello brand’s greatness and amazing history, the 37-year-old feels the Ferrari fans should remain realistic:
“It will be tough for Ferrari, because there aren’t many people available on the market. The team principal role is complicated in all aspects, much more there because you have to deal with incredible pressure. Let’s see what solution they find” – the former Mercedes man concluded.
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