Nico Rosberg wants to stay involved in racing

Rosberg wants to stay involved in racing
By AutoSport

19/03/2017 at 14:33Updated 19/03/2017 at 16:59

Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg insists he wants to maintain an involvement with motorsport in the future, following his retirement from racing at the end of last season.

Rosberg shocked the F1 world just days after winning the title in Abu Dhabi last year when he announced that he would be quitting with immediate effect.

He has not yet decided what he will do longer term, but has made it clear that he will not be turning his back on racing - even though he will not return to the cockpit.

In an interview with Sport Bild, Rosberg said: "I'm looking for new ways and I'm positively relaxed about it.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) - GP of Canada 2016

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) - GP of Canada 2016AFP

"One thing is for sure: I want to stick with racing in some capacity, whatever it may be.

"But I won't be coming back as a driver, no way. I'm thankful even though I put my life upside down by retiring from the sport.

"But I followed my heart and I'm totally happy to close my personal F1 book with winning the world title.

"I achieved everything I set out to achieve. Now, my new life will be as big a challenge [as F1 was].

"I want to be as successful. But now I can decide on my own what I want to do and I'm not being driven as much."

Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg

Sebastian Vettel and Nico RosbergReuters

Although Rosberg has not ruled out a role in team management, he thinks it more likely that he will assist other drivers in their careers.

"I don't say no," he said when asked about the possibility of becoming a team boss. "A lot is possible.

"However, at the moment I'm primarily working on social projects to help children and the less privileged.

"I want to give something back. This means a lot to me. I'm looking for a project I can put my whole heart into.

"There are plenty of [other] possibilities. One could be, for example, to help other drivers to be successful, maybe as counsellor or in a management capacity."