Nico Rosberg considered offering himself as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton when the Englishman tested positive for coronavirus at Sakhir 2020

Published: Thursday, 04 November, 2021 16

Four years after his retirement from Formula 1, Nico Rosberg considered returning to racing. It all happened when in 2020, at the Sakhir GP, Lewis Hamilton tested positive for coronavirus. The German thought about it, but dismissed it quickly.

“Definitely I would have considered picking up the phone, but physically I would not have been able to do it,” said the former Mercedes driver in a chat with Jenson Button.

“I would not have been able to drive more than two laps with that car. My arms would solidify like a rock, my fingers … I could not hold the steering wheel for more than two laps, I am sure,” confessed the world champion in 2016 .

“Not to mention that my neck would fall between my legs when I’m braking, I couldn’t keep my head stiff! The G-forces and stuff, the challenge and development you need in all your muscles, the muscles in your arms. ..”, has explained.

Finally, he ruled out going back for a season: “If you tell me: ‘You can test Valtteri Bottas’s car tomorrow on a test day,’ I’d say: ‘Wow, that’s great!’ I would love to do it. If you tell me that I have the opportunity to come back for a season … No, no, thank you. I am very connected with my second life and everything is done and accomplished. “

It was George Russell who finally replaced Hamilton and was even able to achieve a great result. However, he had to leave due to a problem in his Mercedes.