Former Formula One driver Jean Alesi has confirmed that he was surprised and angered by world champion Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire from the sport.
The Frenchman said he did not understand why Rosberg had announced his retirement when he did at the FIA prize giving. Alesi who drove in Formula One from 1989-2001 also believes that should Valtteri Bottas replace Rosberg at Mercedes it would be a mistake for Felipe Massa to return to Williams to replace the Finn.
Massa retired from Formula One at the end of last season but has reported signed a contract with Williams Martini Racing to replace Bottas as Lance Stroll’s team mate for the 2017 season.
Massa joined Williams ahead of the 2014 season replacing Pastor Maldonado as Valtteri Bottas’ team mate at the Grove based outfit.
Alesi went on to say that he thought about Ayrton Senna following Rosberg’s retirement, when Senna had offered to race for the Williams team in 1993 but the Grove based outfit signed Alain Prost instead who had installed a clause in his contract that he could not be joined at the team by Senna.
Senna went on to replace Prost for the 1994 season and raced with team up until his death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix and Alesi believes that this could have been a factor in Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire.
Rosberg, however has said that he was never interested in winning multiple championships and that had just wanted to emulate his father Keke Rosberg who won the champion for the Williams team in 1982.