Nico Rosberg could find himself at the helm of Mercedes’ latest motorsport venture with a management role in its new Formula E team.
Nico Rosberg linked to Mercedes Formula E management role
Earlier this week, the German car giant announced that it will be joining Formula E in 2019, shocking the motorsport world by revealing that it will leave the DTM series at the end of 2018 to focus on the all-electric single seater championship instead.
It has been said that Nico Rosberg will be the man that Mercedes will employ to front this new venture according to Germany’s Auto Bild, with the publication claiming that a source “in the Rosberg circle” has admitted that his involvement in a management role has not been ruled out.
“Rosberg has already met with series boss Alajandro Agag in Monaco,” they claimed.
If this is true, it would mean that Nico Rosberg would be the second Formula 1 World Champion to run a Formula E team, with four time champion, Alain Prost, involved in the management of Renault e.dams.
“The involvement of the car manufacturers is a strong message,” said Prost ahead of this weekend’s Montreal ePrix which will be this season’s title decider.
When asked if the series could one day replace Formula 1 due to electric cars becoming more and more popular, Prost said “No, I don’t think so. There is not only no reason to believe that this situation will ever occur, but also no desire. If Formula E has gained so much credibility, it’s partly because the races are in big cities like New York, Paris and now Montreal.
“It’s also a way to stand out from F1,” he added.
The 2016-17 Season will come to a close this weekend in Canada for the Montreal ePrix. The double header event will be the championship decider, with Sebastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi, Felix Rosenqvist, and Sam Bird all mathematically in range of winning the Season 3 title.