Mercedes announced, earlier this week, that they plan to leave DTM at the end of the 2018 season, after 17 years and much success. This coincided with confirmation that they will enter Formula E as a works team from 2019 onward.
Toto Wolff cited the need to ‘explore innovative new projects’ as the driving factor behind the move while assuring that they have no intention of withdrawing from Formula 1, seeing themselves and the benchmark in the premium segment of motorsport.
There is now speculation that the current Formula 1 World Drivers Champion, Nico Rosberg, could be lining up to take on a management role as part of the Formula E team. Auto Bild have reported that a source close to Rosberg admitted he is not ruling it out. The source also said that he had met with Alajandro Agag, the Formula E boss, in Monaco.
Rosberg has spent the last week in Silicon Valley and his social media has been filled with praise for the innovative electric vehicle manufacturers there. He spent some time meeting with each of them and took the chance to test out e-motorcycles and autonomous cars.
If Rosberg were to join Formula E, he would be in good company with four time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost occupying a management role at Renault e.Dams. Asked about the possibility that Formula E could replace Formula 1 as we move toward cleaner racing, Prost said “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.”
Contrary to some opinions that Formula 1 will converge with Formula E in the future, he added “It’s also a way to stand out from F1.”
So could Rosberg’s Ambassadorial role with Mercedes AMG lead to him spearheading their new venture? If so, you heard it here first!