Almost embedded this, then realized it was an image with "***** you" text on it.
Nico leaving he factory after packing up his things.
in f1 though? pretty tough once you are out of the loop for even a year, there are new talents trying to break in every day/week/year.
i havent been watching f1 for terribly long.
so maybe someone else can answer...
has any driver 'retired' from F1, then came back to F1 and either won a championship, or at least been in say the top 4 drivers standings(what i would consider being competitive) on their comeback trip??
overall WDC standing
2010 - 9th
2011 - 8th
2012 - 7th
so Schumacher left F1 end of 2006, and came back in 2010 (3 years off).
he did ok, mid pack-ish or a little better (20-22 drivers). and was improving slightly. but was really not at top level performance/competitiveness any more.
during those 3 years it seems like he only got on the podium 1 time(3rd, 2012 European GP)
I've never been a huge fan of Nico, I don't know if it's because I'm a Hamilton fan, or what.
I think it's worth noting that we don't know if Nico ever wanted to be a driver. He was put into it at age 6. I think he got the championship to cement his family legacy and bounced. I have respect for that, but in my mind it also cements my opinion of him as a racer. He had natural talent, but not as much desire or drive as the majority of the grid.
Last edited by dunhamjr; 12-02-2016 at 01:35 PM.
he hasnt done too bad on his return. 3rd, 5th, 12th(???), 4th, 6th.
definitely toward the top end of the results often enough to be called competitive (minus that 12th)
so yeah Rosberg could drop out of F1 for a year or 3 and could come back, and may even be a strong competitor...
but i dont put Rosberg in the same talent/skill/desire realm as either Lauda or Prost.
Here is a good interview with Rosberg after he won the championship but before his retirement was announced: Nico Rosberg opens up on title win and Lewis Hamilton relationship
I know there have been links to Rosberg's retirement statement but thought it would be good to quote the entire thing here:
Originally Posted by Nico Rosberg
Bad for Nico. Yeah, he won it all, but as a driver he should have ran a season to defend it. He is under contract, got what who he wanted in the garage and has Lowe and Lauda on his side.
Just goes to show you how intense the pressure was.Better to les\ave on top than to suffer the potential loss by a wide margin next year and bring doubt to the legacy ofyour championship crown.
Now the fun begins! If you think Lewis is a handful, Alonso will be off the charts crazy on that team! Very emotional with a temper. Titanium sparks will fly!
Looks like I willget the silly season I wanted, and on the team I pull for! The fight for that seat will be epic.
has anyone ever seen Rosberg have ONE amazing drive? I've seen him sit at the front of the pack for a long time, I've never seen him battle and pull off amazing wins like other champions have. (vettel, Hamilton, for reference.)
I don't believe he is a champion driver at all. I think he is a good driver, but he got very very lucky this year. Had Hamilton not had as many issues as he did (regardless if you think he pushed the car to much, or it was just bad luck), he would have walked away with the title.
I'm not a Hamilton fan, nor am I a rosberg fan FYI.
The way this is going down makes me think the Rosberg is the Sting of F1. Break up the band at its peak and all. Weird. Having kids that are growing up faster than I would like, I get that part of it but you would think he would want to take a crack at defending his title. Like I said... weird.