Nico Rosberg has admitted that he would have liked to have seen Fernando Alonso replace him at Mercedes, as he thinks there would be war between the Spaniard and Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg shocked the F1 community five days after winning the drivers world championship when he announced that he would be retiring from the sport. A search began at Mercedes for his replacement with many drivers linked before they settled for Williams' Valtteri Bottas.
When asked who he would've liked to have seen take his place, Rosberg answered: “OK, because I'm now a fan, and on that side of the fence, it's very easy to respond. Everyone says Alonso and I say it too, because there would be fireworks with Hamilton!
"As a fan, it would be nice, but for the team, it wouldn't work. They've found a great solution. Bottas is fast and though Hamilton will be at a very, very high level and it will be difficult to beat him, I have proved that he can.”
Rosberg thinks that Bottas can indeed challenge Hamilton next season, stating: “I have him on pole in the first race in Australia!”
The German has previously announced that he would be watching the Australian Grand Prix at home on the television but will take a trip to "five or six" of the Grands Prix throughout the year.