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Toto Wolff rues Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry and says ‘never again’

Team principal would have dropped drivers if feud escalated‘If the debriefing room is full of negativity, that will spill over’The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has insisted he would have dropped Lewis Hamilton or the British driver’s then teamm…

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Nico Rosberg: ‘To do good you need to get out there, you can’t sit in a cave’

Former F1 world champion on life as a team owner in Extreme E and leading global sport in tackling the climate crisisNico Rosberg’s eyes these days seem to truly reflect the former Formula One world champion’s soul. They are vivid, fascinating windows …

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Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes over big name Nico Rosberg replacement

• Former world champion not keen on Fernando Alonso reunion
• Williams now open to Valtteri Bottas’s exit

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes must consult him on who should replace Nico Rosberg next season but warned them against signing a big name like Fernando Alonso.

Mercedes have identified Valtteri Bottas, currently under contract at Williams, as their preferred choice to replace the recently retired world champion, Rosberg, but the team’s head of motorsport, Toto Wolff, admitted Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate Alonso – with whom he endured a frosty relationship in 2007 – should be considered.

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Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes over big name Nico Rosberg replacement

• Former world champion not keen on Fernando Alonso reunion
• Williams now open to Valtteri Bottas’s exit

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes must consult him on who should replace Nico Rosberg next season but warned them against signing a big name like Fernando Alonso.

Mercedes have identified Valtteri Bottas, currently under contract at Williams, as their preferred choice to replace the recently retired world champion, Rosberg, but the team’s head of motorsport, Toto Wolff, admitted Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate Alonso – with whom he endured a frosty relationship in 2007 – should be considered.

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Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff reheat Mercedes partnership in kitchen

• Hamilton says team are going to be stronger after talks
• Mercedes make Valtteri Bottas No1 target to replace Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff have declared their partnership will be stronger than ever next year at Mercedes.

The former world champion and Mercedes’ head of motorsport seemed to be at odds at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Hamilton defied team orders in his attempt to snatch the Formula One drivers’ title off team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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The gifs that keep on giving: Gennady Golovkin, Nico Rosberg and a flying table

Featuring frisbee players falling over, a surfer landing on his feet, a big hit, a big catch, the greatest fighter in the world and a boxer who is pretending to be angry Continue reading…

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Lewis Hamilton escapes punishment by Mercedes after Abu Dhabi row

• Team chief Toto Wolff admits Mercedes got things wrong
• Fernando Alonso will not be replacing Nico Rosberg

Mercedes have decided not to take action against Lewis Hamilton after the controversial end to the Formula One season.

Hamilton ignored team orders during the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he looked to snatch the title from his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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Toto Wolff: Mercedes considering Fernando Alonso to replace Rosberg

• F1 team boss admits Alonso has ‘speed, talent and experience’
• Alonso has a year left to run on contract at McLaren

Mercedes are considering Fernando Alonso as a replacement for the world champion Nico Rosberg, who retired from the sport suddenly on Friday.

However, the two-time championship winner Alonso is about to enter the final year of his three-year deal with McLaren, meaning Mercedes may have to look elsewhere.

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Lewis Hamilton hopes to remain driving in F1 ‘for another 10 years at least’

• British driver has no plans to follow team-mate Nico Rosberg into retirement
• Mercedes chief admits replacing German world champion will be very hard

Nico Rosberg joked he could help Lewis Hamilton learn to speak German now he has retired, while Hamilton said he hoped to remain a Formula One driver for the next decade as the duo addressed Mercedes fans at the constructor’s end-of-season event in Stuttgart.

Related: Nico Rosberg drew the best from himself before bowing out as a F1 champion | Paul Weaver

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Nico Rosberg shakes the addiction to glory that comes with a dark side | Kevin Mitchell

As the new Formula One champion’s shock decision to retire shows, once the hunger for success goes, the dangers in sports like F1 become apparent

Professional athletes lead a crazily short and often lucrative working life, over within a decade or so of its beginning, wreathed in success or disappointment. Memories of glory, often embellished, are revived in middle age for nostalgia or for reheating in ill-advised comebacks.

It is unlikely the 31-year-old Nico Rosberg will be returning to his dangerous sport. Nor will the 26-year-old Nick Blackwell – but for wholly different reasons. Blackwell, the middleweight boxer who nearly died eight months ago, was still recovering in hospital on Friday from injuries sustained in a recent sparring session his father, John, described as silly when Rosberg, newly crowned as Formula One champion, announced he was looking forward to a quieter life with his family.

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Nico Rosberg drew the best from himself before bowing out as a F1 champion | Paul Weaver

The German never earned acclaim in his homeland like Michael Schumacher but the Mercedes driver was diligent and intelligent and was rewarded with a world championship title after a 10-year battle

For a driver who strove with such fierce diligence to win the world championship Nico Rosberg has given up its fruits very quickly; champion on Sunday, retired on Friday, he was not even a six-day wonder.

For many years he has been one of the more anonymous of Formula One’s leading drivers. Now, finally thrust into the spotlight of glory, it is almost as if he could not stand the glare.

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Nico Rosberg has called quits on his F1 career at the right time | Richard Williams

World champion faced defending title under critical scrutiny from those who believed his success came due to a couple of Lewis Hamilton’s engine failures

Nico Rosberg’s decision to walk away from Formula One with the taste of the podium champagne still in his mouth is a conspicuously brilliant one, not least because the newly crowned world champion took everybody with an interest in the sport – except, presumably, his nearest and dearest – by complete surprise.

Perhaps the most graceful consequence of his decision is that it allows him to retire on equal terms with his father, Keke, who won his sole world championship in 1982. It was Keke who put Nico in a go-kart at the age of six, and who nurtured and mentored his son through the early years, as could be seen in a charming little home movie which was widely viewed this week.

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Nico Rosberg confirms shock retirement from F1 after maiden world title

• Formula One champion says he will leave the sport
• ‘I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right’

The Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has announced his shock retirement from the sport.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page, saying that winning the title had always been his dream and, having achieved it, he would stand down.

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Nico Rosberg confirms shock retirement from F1 after maiden world title

• Formula One champion says he will leave the sport
• ‘I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right’

The Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has announced his shock retirement from the sport.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page, saying that winning the title had always been his dream and, having achieved it, he would stand down.

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F1 2016: from Rosberg and Verstappen to Ferrari, the season’s best and worst | Paul Weaver

Mercedes dominated the season with 19 wins from 21 races, while Max Verstappen and Jolyon Palmer enjoyed breakthrough years. Rio Haryanto, less so

In terms of extracting the most from himself, Nico Rosberg. No driver worked harder than the champion in 2016, both with his team and with himself –changing his diet, his sleeping patterns, his gloves, turning his mobile phone off for two weeks and emptying his mind of all distractions. Daniel Ricciardo was also superb and consistent. Everyone knows that Lewis Hamilton is the best driver out there. But apart from those technical issues he failed to always get the best from himself, was way off form in Singapore and took a long time to get over his issue with bad starts.

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Nico Rosberg keen to ‘drop discussion’ on Lewis Hamilton’s Abu Dhabi tactics

• Mercedes’ Toto Wolff indicated team could open disciplinary proceedings
• F1 world title holder believes Sunday’s grand prix should be left in past

Nico Rosberg says it is time to “drop the whole discussion” about Lewis Hamilton’s tactics in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and insists he respects his Mercedes team-mate.

Rosberg crossed the line in second place at the Yas Marina circuit to finish five points clear of Hamilton in the season’s standings, securing his first Formula One world title.

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Nico Rosberg keen to ‘drop discussion’ on Lewis Hamilton’s Abu Dhabi tactics

• Mercedes’ Toto Wolff indicated team could open disciplinary proceedings
• F1 world title holder believes Sunday’s grand prix should be left in past

Nico Rosberg says it is time to “drop the whole discussion” about Lewis Hamilton’s tactics in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and insists he respects his Mercedes team-mate.

Rosberg crossed the line in second place at the Yas Marina circuit to finish five points clear of Hamilton in the season’s standings, securing his first Formula One world title.

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Punishing Lewis Hamilton for Abu Dhabi antics could end up hurting Mercedes

Fallen champion could have been more gracious to Nico Rosberg but should not be censured for his tactics on the track in F1’s absorbing climax

There was only one instance when Lewis Hamilton disappointed in Abu Dhabi as he lost his Formula One world championship to his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

It was not when he slowed down to back Rosberg into the jaws of the Ferrari and the Red Bull that followed them. It was not even when he twice ignored rather optimistic team orders to pick up his pace.

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2016 Formula One season – in pictures

As Nico Rosberg wins the Formula One world championship we select our favourite photos from the 2016 season Continue reading…

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‘Nico knows what it means to me,’ says proud Keke after Rosberg F1 double

Father breaks media silence to say commitment and mental strength were behind his son’s title success in ‘the hardest world championship ever’

Nico Rosberg’s father, Keke, the Formula One world champion in 1982, broke a media silence of nearly seven years to mark his son winning the title in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

He watched the race in Dubai before joining family celebrations at the Yas Marina Circuit. “My role is one of private support,” he said. “I haven’t made one interview since January 2010. This is the first time – and it was hard to avoid today.”

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