Ryan Wood  |    20 March 2017

Nico Rosberg 'wants to stick with racing' but not as a driver


Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says he would like to remain in motorsport in the future, but insists that won't be as a driver.

The German retired just five days after he was crowned the 2017 champion, having fought season-long against Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with it coming down to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Rosberg insists he won't be walking away from motorsport altogether, but he stands firm on his retirement from the cockpit.

"I'm looking for new ways and I'm positively relaxed about it," Rosberg told Germany's Sport Bild. "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 Formula 1 book with winning the world title.

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

When asked if he would consider a move into team management, he replied: "I don't say no. 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 possibilities. One could be, for example, to help other drivers to be successful, maybe as counsellor or in a management capacity."



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