2017 regulations "will shuffle things up" - Rosberg

Published on 22 Jan 2017 07:07

World champion Nico Rosberg believes that Formula One's pecking order will be shook up next season as the regulations go through a major overhaul to produce cars three to four seconds faster.

The German spoke about the Mercedes 2017 car: "It's looking impressive definitely," Rosberg said. "For the eye, it looks great, it's going to be enjoyable for them to drive, it will be faster."

"It will shuffle things up as every team has to start from scratch, it's not an evolution, it's a revolution. Every team starts from zero on a blank sheet of paper to build this car, it'll be exciting to see who's fastest."

Rosberg also spoke about the sport's new owners Liberty Media, and what they may be able to do for the sport: "We can see on the audience figures [Formula 1 is] still an unbelievably big sport, the way it should be," he said.

"Nevertheless, there are still things that can be improved, as everywhere, it's good now there's a change of leadership, the old leaders did a great job, [for example] Bernie Ecclestone. But I think it's good that new owners have come in, Liberty Media, and I really think that they can put some spice into it and bring some changes."

"Maybe [they can] even Americanise it slightly, they're good at show business over there, I think we might we need a bit more of that. I'm looking forward to some ideas that are going to come through and I'm sure they're going to make a difference."


Fergal Walsh

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