Nico Rosberg refutes Toto Wolff's comments over Ferrari return
2016 world champion Nico Rosberg has refuted comments made by former team boss Toto Wolff, after the Mercedes team boss hinted that the German could make a return to Formula 1 in the near future with Ferrari – possibly replacing Kimi Räikkönen when the Finn re-retires.
Rosberg retired at the end of his championship winning campaign in a shock announcement that came just days after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, forcing Mercedes to find a suitable replacement in a hurry.
Rosberg said his decision was based on the need to spend more time with his family and because racing against team-mate Lewis Hamilton was mentally draining, whilst insisting his F1 career was over.
But during the Canadian Grand Prix, Wolff was asked about Rosberg's future, to which he responded: "I will give you one [comment] – I wouldn't be surprised if he changes his mind in a year and reappears in a Ferrari! Or somewhere else."
The 31-year-old has rejected that claim when the comment was put to him by Germany's Sport Bild.
"No, I really have finished my [Formula 1] career," he said bluntly.
"I'm happy and proud of my career, the results and the successes that I had. It fulfils me a lot. But it's now in the past and I'm going to do new things."
Discussing whether he would be tempted by a different category, such as Le Mans, he added: "At the moment no. I'm looking for other challenges. But who knows? Maybe one day."