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2017-03-17 11:26

POSSIBLE COMEBACK: Nico Rosberg made it clear that he is keen to return to F1 in a capacity other than a driver. Image: AP / Francisco Seco

Germany - Nico Rosberg has admitted he could return to Formula 1 as a team boss some day.

The new reigning world champion shocked the world by retiring just days after winning the 2016 title, but was back for a visit to the Barcelona test paddock recently.

But he told Germany's Sport Bild: "A comeback as a driver is impossible."

Still a fan

That doesn't mean he won't have mixed emotions when the five lights go out on the Melbourne gantry next weekend.

Rosberg said: "There will certainly be some strange moments when I see the first race on TV. I am still a huge fan of F1."

But he is not looking to fill his calendar any time soon.

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He added: "I am looking for new projects and I have to say I'm really relaxed. 20 races a year is like being on a hamster wheel. I would also say that it's the best hamster wheel in the world!

"I am a passionate competitor and I enjoyed my career very much. But F1 is not a pony yard. To beat everyone and be world champion you have to be absolutely uncompromising and my goal was everything."

Never say never

But Rosberg is not ruling out a return in another capacity one day, for instance as a team boss.

Speaking on opportunities within motor sport Rosberg noted: "I'm not saying no. A lot is possible. But at the moment, I am mostly concerned with social projects. Children and less privileged people - that means a lot to me.

"One would be helping other drivers on their way to success in an advisory and managing role. I've achieved everything I wanted. My new life is now an equally great challenge that I want to master just as successfully."

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