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#1 davef

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 07:46 AM

Stunning ...

http://www.bbc.com/s...rmula1/38185846

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 08:07 AM

Very surprising, I don't think anybody saw that coming :idunno:

Oddly I was watching a couple of interviews where he said he refused to think about next year, whether he'd have the number 1 on his car, whether he thought Merc would be competitive, etc.. He said he just wanted to enjoy the moment and that he'd achieved his lifetime goal. I guess that makes more sense now. :)

Seems to have taken Mercedes by surprise too.

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 08:38 AM

Real shock this one. Nobody seen it coming.
Maybe he wants to have time out,new family etc and come back into,not maybe F1,but possible some other motor sport discipline.
I think if I am right in saying,he is only the second World Champion to retire,after winning is first title (Mike Hawthorne-1958) Correct me if I am wrong ?
Well who's next in the Merc seat. The team say they will step back to decide who it will be.
Could you see Mad Max leaving Red Bull. After all Toto as his dads number. Lol 😁
Could even Ricciardo or Vettel leave their seats and jump at the chance?
Maybe Mercedes will bring in some youth from Gp2/3 to be nurtured by the team and maybe Lewis ?
Is it possible that one reason for Rosbergs retirement he felt that the team are in for a fight with the car changes,next year,to wider tyres and different chassis ?

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 08:45 AM

I can't say i'll miss him. He annoyed me no end. Primadonna.

He knows he got lucky beating Hamilton this year. Leaving is good for him, before he gets whipped next year..

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 09:55 AM

To be honest it was a good moment for him to stop.

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 10:14 AM

I reckon a number of lawyers are looking very closely at performance clauses in every current F1 driver's contracts ;)

Alonso has to be top of the list, arguably the best driver in F1, still hungry for results, and currently in a disappointing situation with McLaren Honda yet to get up to speed. Possibly Vettel too, although a number of people seem to think he's lost his motivation somewhat.... a Merc drive would probably fix that.

Maybe they'll choose someone young and inexperienced, to have a clear No 1 driver in Hamilton and make life a little less complicated.

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 11:06 AM

Agree entirely with you Pete that he would find it hard next year. Also with you Pete and Millennium that it was a good idea to go now.
FR I also agree that a young driver and forward looking is the way to go for Mercedes.But who is there ?
I had thought of Alonso for my first reply but backed away from that.
Not sure if they have made up but could Fernando be in the same team as Lewis again(aka 2007) even Lewis accepting Alonso.
Should be interesting to see !

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 11:13 AM

hmmm, in german we call persons like him a "Weichling", sorry
but I understand his reasons ...

Edited by andpan, Dec 02 2016 - 11:15 AM.


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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 11:32 AM

Verstappen in a Merc would be unstoppable. A ton of talent for a teenager.

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 11:40 AM

View PostPete Gaimari, on Dec 02 2016 - 08:45 AM, said:

I can't say i'll miss him. He annoyed me no end. Primadonna.

He knows he got lucky beating Hamilton this year. Leaving is good for him, before he gets whipped next year..

I don't think he got lucky this year . What happened this year is just the nature of racing. Look at 2008 when Lewis Hamilton stole the championship away from Felipe Massa in Brazil by 1 point.
Nico has been racing in F1 since 2006 and 10 years is an average stint in the sport. He's achieved his goal and want's to move on.Who are we to question his decisions concerning his career. I'll admit I was never a fan but he deserves his hard fought  victory.

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 11:54 AM

View PostPete Gaimari, on Dec 02 2016 - 11:32 AM, said:

Verstappen in a Merc would be unstoppable. A ton of talent for a teenager.
It's still up to Mercedes to give him the winning car though ;)

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 12:26 PM

View Postmarco lenarduzzi, on Dec 02 2016 - 11:40 AM, said:

View PostPete Gaimari, on Dec 02 2016 - 08:45 AM, said:

I can't say i'll miss him. He annoyed me no end. Primadonna.

He knows he got lucky beating Hamilton this year. Leaving is good for him, before he gets whipped next year..

I don't think he got lucky this year . What happened this year is just the nature of racing. Look at 2008 when Lewis Hamilton stole the championship away from Felipe Massa in Brazil by 1 point.
Nico has been racing in F1 since 2006 and 10 years is an average stint in the sport. He's achieved his goal and want's to move on.Who are we to question his decisions concerning his career. I'll admit I was never a fan but he deserves his hard fought  victory.

He couldn't beat Lewis on his best day and he knows it. Retiring as the winner is all he has.

I give nobody credit who takes out his teammate and then makes it sound like it wasn't his fault.

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 02:25 PM

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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 02:58 PM

LOL..What's the story behind that picture?


On 2nd look it's photoshopped. :)

Edited by Pete Gaimari, Dec 02 2016 - 03:19 PM.


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Posted Dec 02 2016 - 03:54 PM

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