“This could be the year of the transfer”: Nico Rosberg supports young Formula One stars to dismiss reigning champion Lewis Hamilton in 2020 while Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc bid on the world title
- The 2020 Formula 1 season starts on March 13 in Melbourne, Australia
- Lewis Hamilton offers to defend the crown and win the seventh world championship
- Nico Rosberg, however, expects a young challenger to make a serious title bid
- Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen from Red Bull have made an impression so far
Nico Rosberg has supported one of the many exciting young people of Formula 1 to make a breakthrough this season and to win the Formula 1 title.
The likes of Red Bull’s 22-year-old Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s 21-year-old Charles Leclerc made an impression last year, but could not prevent veteran driver Lewis Hamilton from winning a sixth world title.
Still, world champion Rosberg 2016 believes that the new campaign, which starts in Australia on March 13, could announce the changing of the guard.
Lewis Hamilton strives for a seventh Formula 1 title after winning in style last season
In the new season, Rosberg said: ‘I very much hope it will be incredibly exciting, we saw several winners last year.
“We have seen Red Bull win, Ferrari win, I really believe that there is a big possibility that will continue this season.
“If they step it up, it would be so great if the three teams compete against each other. That would give us a spectacular Formula 1 season and that’s all I wish for.
“This may be the year of the transfer, but it depends on the car, the challenge Verstappen, Leclerc, I wouldn’t count Valtteri Bottas either, Sebastian Vettel will be there.
“There are many drivers who, if they have the right car, can become world champions and the transfer can certainly take place from generation to generation.”
Sebastian Vettel (L), Max Verstappen (C) and Charles Leclerc (R) compete for the title this year
Since he retired after his only victory in the title, Rosberg has worked on many business ventures and has also become a prominent advocate for road safety.
In his latest campaign, he works with his father, 1977 world champion Keke, for a gripping video about their relationship and calls for complete abstinence while driving as part of the Heineken program When You Drive Never Drink.
Nico Rosberg is convinced that new stars can appear in the sport this year
Rosberg says: ‘It was always my dream to tell this story about my father and myself, who each won the world championship and our relationship. We didn’t really know what to expect, but in the end it’s the story of our lives, it really replicates our relationship and our lives
“It was really fun, special, emotional, fun and the story, it’s the truth. He was always the best in everything, but in the end I have this breakthrough and I am no longer just his son, but we are on the same level and that’s what the campaign is about.
“It is such a good story and to then anchor the powerful message of road safety in it is a great combination.”
The idea originally came about after the finalization of Heineken’s last campaign with Rosberg and the desire of the German to add a personal element to the messages.
Rosberg adds: “We did the father and son stunt at the Monaco Grand Prix, where we both rode our world championship winning cars.
“Why don’t we make a campaign about it, I didn’t think my father would ever do that, he took a lot of convictions, he doesn’t like to see it all in campaigns and so, I said it was for a good cause and I please said dad, it would mean a lot to me and he agreed. We had a great time and the result is beautiful. “
For Rosberg, there is much more to be achieved within the campaign and he has a number of clear goals for 2020.
He adds: “Non-alcoholic beer has a great, great success in reducing drink-driving, it goes through the roof and becomes a very, very important asset for improving the situation on the road and that’s great for that within the campaign too.
“We are now trying to spread the campaign, get social media about it and raise awareness and involve people.”