Rosberg: “I Won’t Give Away Any Lewis Secrets”

Former Mercedes driver and 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has said that he’s  willing to help Valtteri Bottas integrate, but with caveats in place.

Nico Rosberg recently took a moment to comment on his “ambassadorial” role responsibilities within Mercedes for the 2017 season. As part of his role, he mentioned assisting Mercedes newcomer and his replacement for 2017, Valtteri Bottas.

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN - APRIL 03: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates his win on the podium during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 3, 2016 in Sakhir, Bahrain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SAKHIR, BAHRAIN – APRIL 03: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates his win on the podium during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 3, 2016 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

All eyes have been on Bottas ever since his announcement of switching from Williams to Mercedes. The Finn’s ability to fill Rosberg’s spot has many questioning whether or not he’s capable of living up to such a task – Rosberg was quick to stand behind the newcomer in a string of recent comments:

 

“Valtteri is very talented. He can achieve great things as well, as long as the team give him a good car.” – Nico Rosberg

 

After praising the Finn’s ability, Nico went on to mention a request by Bottas to speak with the former Mercedes driver:

“He has asked if we can have a chat soon and I am happy to do that, of course – but I will stay very, very neutral. I won’t give away any Lewis secrets for example, I’ll just help him in a way to integrate better into the team.

I would tell him ‘don’t expect an easy ride’, that’s for sure. It’s going to be challenging coming into a new team with Lewis having been there for so many years and with the new regulations.” – Nico Rosberg

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates after finishing second and winning the World Drivers Championship 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)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates after finishing second and winning the World Drivers Championship 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)

Ever the diplomat, Rosberg has committed himself to helping out as much as he possibly can without straying over party lines. If the speculation turns out to be true, the fact that Rosberg is keeping himself so close to the sport ever since his “retirement” may go on to indicate that he’s only counting down the days until he’s back in the driver’s seat.