Rosberg Reveals He Walked Away From $100mn Mercedes Deal

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg has revealed that he walked away from a Mercedes contract extension worth $100 million to spend more time with his family.

The German shocked the F1 community when he announced his retirement shortly after narrowly beating his team-mate, Sir Lewis Hamilton, to the 2016 crown.

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In an interview this week, Rosberg said he wanted to avoid exiting the sport as a has-been and would rather go out on a high.

“I wanted to avoid going out as a has-been or someone who is not wanted anymore,” Rosberg said.

“I mean, there was $100m on the table that I gave up on. I longed for a different kind of life. You don’t have flexibility when you’re racing.

“It was the best decision for my family – I didn’t think about the money for one second,” he added.

Commenting on the rivalry between him and Hamilton, Rosberg recalled getting booed by ardent fans of the Brit, including a group of four-year-old girls.

“There were the two camps, the Nico camp and the Hamilton fans. And all the Hamilton fans were against me, of course,” he said

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“[On one occasion], there were these four-year-old girls right in front of me with their dads, and they were booing me and giving me the thumbs down. Their dads told them I was bad and that they needed to boo me.”

Since quitting Formula 1, Rosberg has focused his efforts on being a sustainability entrepreneur, with him investing in a number of green projects.

The German also recently founded his own Extreme E team for the series’ inaugural season this year.

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