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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari drives ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Rosberg: Mercedes should consider Vettel for 2018 F1 seat

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Nico Rosberg believes that Mercedes should consider signing Sebastian Vettel to its Formula 1 team for the 2018 season once the German’s contract with Ferrari is up.

Vettel won four world championships with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, but is yet to find the same kind of form with Ferrari, having won just three races since joining in 2015.

Vettel enters the final year of his contract with the Scuderia in 2017, and is set to be part of the ‘silly season’ speculation surrounding the driver market through the coming year.

Rosberg walked away from F1 after winning the world championship with Mercedes for the first time last year, making way for Valtteri Bottas to join the team from Williams.

Bottas is on an initial one-year contract, with his seat set to come under scrutiny once again this year given the available drivers elsewhere.

Speaking at the Laureus World Sports Awards, Rosberg said that he thinks Mercedes should consider signing Vettel for 2018 should he become available.

“It would definitely make sense for Sebastian to have a look at that Mercedes seat for 2018 and for Mercedes to have a look at him and to consider him,” Rosberg said.

“For 2018, that’s obvious. He’s one of the best drivers out there and he doesn’t have a contract for 2018, so they should explore the possibility and who knows, let’s see what happens. It could be a good thing.”

Besides Vettel, the other big-name driver out of contract for 2018 is McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, with the Spaniard also entering the final year of his deal.

Rosberg previously said that Alonso was never a consideration for his seat for 2017 due to the “fireworks” it would cause with Lewis Hamilton, but thinks he should be kept in mind for next year.

“Of course, Alonso, they need to keep him in mind even though he’s not the youngest out there anymore,” Alonso said.

“He’s still driving at his best, I think, it looks like from what we have seen, so he should be considered as well and I’m sure he will.”

Nico Rosberg captures 2017 Laureus World Breakthrough award

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After breaking Lewis Hamilton’s impenetrable grasp on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Nico Rosberg has won more than just a title.

The German won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award on Tuesday at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

He’s not alone among F1 drivers who’ve won the award, with Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button and Juan Pablo Montoya having also scooped the title in the last 15 years.

In a video he posted on Twitter, linked below, Rosberg called this the “Sports Oscar.” Mercedes AMG Petronas lost out on team of the year honors to the Chicago Cubs, who broke through for their first World Series win since 1908.

Here’s some social images and posts from the evening, below:

Rosberg’s advice to Bottas: ‘Don’t expect an easy ride’

during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 7, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.
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Coming on the heels of his interview over the weekend where Nico Rosberg said Lewis Hamilton “walked all over him” prior to winning the World Championship, then dropping the mic and retiring after the 2016 Formula 1 season, Rosberg has advised his replacement at Mercedes AMG Petronas Valtteri Bottas to avoid enduring the same potential pitfall.

Speaking at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, Rosberg made a number of comments about Mercedes’ driver lineup in the future – he also expects Mercedes to target both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso for 2018 – but that targeting would only occur if Bottas struggles in his first year with the team.

Although Rosberg and Bottas haven’t directly talked about a game plan or strategy for Bottas’ integration within the team, Rosberg did advise Bottas to rise to the challenges he’ll face this year.

“Well I would tell him don’t expect an easy ride! It’ll be challenging,” Rosberg said.

“Coming into a new team with Lewis having been there so many years, new regulations and everything else will be a challenge. And Lewis one of the best out there; his talent is extremely high.

“But at the same time, Valtteri is very talented. He can achieve great things as well, as long as the team gives him a good car.”

Rosberg said Bottas has asked for a formal discussion and game plan for how to approach to the 2017 season, and they could have it soon.

“He’s asked if we can have a chat soon. I’m happy to do that,” Rosberg said.

“But I’ll stay very neutral. I won’t give away any of Lewis’ secrets … so he can integrate better into the team.”

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has already hailed Bottas’ integration to the team thus far, saying in an interview last week that Bottas has done a good job already of “filling Nico’s shoes.”

Nico Rosberg: Lewis Hamilton ‘walked all over me’ before F1 title year

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27:  Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium  during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Nico Rosberg says that he had to become more aggressive on-track to deal with Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton after being “walked all over” by the Briton prior to his championship win in 2016.

Hamilton and Rosberg spent four seasons together as teammates at Mercedes, with the duo battling for the F1 drivers’ championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Hamilton defeated Rosberg in both 2014 and 2015, but Rosberg managed to fight back and claim his first F1 title last year before sensationally walking away from the sport.

Much of Rosberg’s success in 2016 was put down to a more blinkered and focused approach that ensured the German was not affected by the mind games that Hamilton may have played.

Rosberg also looked more authoritative on-track through his championship year, pulling off overtakes that the 2014 or 2015 version of himself may have shied away from.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rosberg said that he had to become more aggressive to stop Hamilton walking all over him, as he had done through 2014 and 2015.

“The anger is bigger if that person you know so well does something that crosses the line,” Rosberg said.

“Lewis is very good at going to the edge without going outside the grey area, thanks to his skills in the car. He is smart, very, very smart.

“I found it harder to go wheel-to-wheel. For him, it comes naturally. Lewis is very good at going to the edge without going outside the grey area, thanks to his skills in the car.

“I got more aggressive because too often in the past he had walked all over me. I had to watch the videos and make improvements.”

Rosberg also revealed that he placed a great focus on mind-management through 2016 and trained himself to deal with the stresses of a championship battle better.

“There was a good mind man up the road and I spoke to him,” Rosberg said.

“I read books on philosophy. You know if you woke this morning and felt bad, some genius, maybe 2,000 years ago, had experienced the same and wrote about it.

“You can learn from this why you are feeling jealous or angry or stressed. And if you understand it, you can address it and deal with it.

“I would spend 20 minutes each morning and evening meditating. I don’t like that word, actually, it’s about concentration and awareness practice. I would sit down and just think of my thoughts, learning to relax my mind.

“After 20 times, your mind calms. When the fear crept in that I would lose the championship, you connect with the thought and have a discussion with it. Then the negative thought loses its strength.”

Rosberg: Alonso would have created ‘fireworks’ with Hamilton at Mercedes

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo leads Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Retired Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says that Fernando Alonso was never an option to replace him at Mercedes, believing the Spaniard would have caused “fireworks” with teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg beat Hamilton to the F1 drivers’ championship in 2016 before sensationally announcing his immediate retirement from the sport.

The shock news offered a late twist to the driver market, with Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda claiming that half the grid had enquired about the seat.

McLaren driver Alonso was linked with the drive, but remained locked into the final year of his contract for 2017 and underlined his commitment to the British team. Rosberg was ultimately replaced by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Rosberg said that as a fan, he would have liked to see Alonso replace him, but stressed that it was never a realistic proposition.

Alonso and Hamilton spent one year together as teammates at McLaren in 2007, with a fierce rivalry developing that saw the pair fall out. Alonso left the team after just a single season.

“Now I’m a fan and on that side, it’s very easy to respond,” Rosberg said when asked who should have replaced him at Mercedes.

“Everyone says Alonso and I say it too, because there would have been fireworks with Hamilton, sparks flying.

“As a fan, it would be nice, but for the team part it was not possible, and they have found a great solution. Bottas is fast and has beaten [Felipe] Massa three times in a similar way as Alonso did, and can do very well.

“Of course Hamilton will be at a very, very high level and it will be difficult to beat him, but I have proved that it is possible.”

When asked if there had been any chance of Alonso making the move, Rosberg said: “No, nothing. I can’t imagine it, not for Mercedes, no.”