Nico Rosberg and other F1 drivers who did not defend title
The news of the withdrawal of Nico Rosberg has been truly amazing. First, because the German pilot, at age 31, has yet kilometers ahead, and second because it was just days after being world champion. In addition, this really is rarely given.
Rosberg explained that won the World Cup, has fulfilled his life dream, which began to build when he boarded the car he was driving his father Keke when he was just a child. The German said he had decided his retreat the next day to celebrate the title that as they were widening their chances of winning the World Cup, saw clearer.
The decision is, at least, brave. At least that is what they think others who were in his shoes. So while speculating on who will take his seat at Mercedes are made, we will know the other Formula 1 drivers who chose not to defend the title the following year to win.
Britain’s Jackie Stewart won the world championship in 1973 driving a Tyrrell and decided not to jump over a car. With 34 years by then, the fact that his team teammate lost his life in an accident in the last GP of the season was enough for Stewart, who did not even get to run that race reason.
Also champion in 1969 and 1971, Stewart dedicated his efforts in the years to improve the safety of the pilots. In addition, he tried his hand as a commentator and ninety returned to Formula 1 with its own team, Stewart GP. That team, which achieved only one win throughout his career, was to be the structure that years later would buy Red Bull.
In 1992, Nigel Mansell dominated from beginning to end the championship with 9 wins and 14 pole positions. Despite this, the Williams team decided to renew downward and the British did not take things very well, making the decision to leave Formula 1, but not stop racing, because in 1993 we were going to see Mansell run and win in the Indy Car.
After making history in the United States, being the first rookie to win the Indy Car, Mansell would return to Formula 1, return with Williams, running the last races of 1994, and even win the last Grand Prix that year. The next season he signed for McLaren, leaving the team to two runs being this and the last time it was up to F1.
Nigel Mansell’s history is linked to that of Alain Prost, and that the seat would be left empty the British to go to America was going to take the French. And Professor, who came to take a year off after no fruitful experience in Ferrari, made the most of the opportunity and was staying with the world title in 1993.
Prost and added his fourth title, after wins in 1985, 1986 and 1989, all of these with the McLaren team, and left him there. As Stewart, the French decided to create his own team and it bought the Ligier team in 1997. Prost, GP adventure lasted just four seasons, throwing bankruptcy and closing with three podiums and better results.
Jochen Rindt and Mike Hawthorn
The history of Jochen Rindt is most curious. Born German but running under Austrian flag, he suffered a fatal accident during practice in Monza Gp Italy. Despite remaining races ahead, Rindt was a leader and no one could surpass the 45 points he had scored by then, so it is the only champion postmortem history.
Rindt could not defend his title forcibly, something that had happened before you Mike Hawthorn. Champion with Ferrari in 1958 (winning only one race), was the first Briton to win the crown in Formula 1, he decided to leave nothing to gain because of a terminal illness and we never know whether or not return, because months later died in an accident of traffic.