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Mercedes chairman Zetsche reveals reaction to Rosberg retirement news

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Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche has revealed his immediate reaction to the news that Nico Rosberg would be retiring from Formula 1.

Rosberg clinched his maiden F1 title in Abu Dhabi for Mercedes as the German marque won both championships for the third year in a row.

Five days after being crowned champion, Rosberg sensationally announced his immediate retirement from F1, much to the surprise of the entire F1 paddock and the Mercedes team.

In an interview with Autocar, Zetsche revealed that he initially thought something had happened with Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg’s teammate, when Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff called him at a somewhat inconvenient time.

“I was stepping out of the shower lacking any clothes, which I normally do when I get out of the shower! And my phone was ringing,” Zetsche said.

“And I saw it was Toto and I thought: ‘Oh again, something with Lewis!’

“But then I got the news. And I did not expect that, I must say.”

Zetsche said that he understood Rosberg’s decision to quit F1, recognizing that the German had fulfilled his life’s goal by becoming world champion.

“I respected that decision,” Zetsche said.

“I mean, obviously, one [Hamilton] is saying ‘I want more and more and I want to break more records and make history’, and the other one [Rosberg] is saying ‘well, I finally fulfilled my life dream and what can be on top of that?’, and both approaches are legitimate.

“Of course, it would have been easier and more pleasant for us to have two world champions in our team for the season to come.

“Now we need a new driver and that’s how life works. And so I was not insulted or totally disappointed. I respected his decision.”

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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