Niki Lauda surprised by Rosberg’s announcement

Responding to Nico Rosberg‘s shock retirement, Mercedes sporting director Niki Lauda has admitted that the news has come as such a shock to the team that no Plan B is currently in place to deal with the German’s loss.

Rosberg pipped teammate Lewis Hamilton to the F1 world title in Abu Dhabi, and had previously given no indication of his impending decision.

And Lauda himself has claimed that the Mercedes team has been left immensely surprised by the news.

“I’m surprised, we did not count on it, there was no indication that he would announce it,” he told German news channel n-tv.

Since the announcement, talk has shifted to possible replacements for the German, but with Mercedes taken aback by Rosberg’s retirement, there’s no contingency.

“Naturally, we have to respect the decision,” he added.

“This is a personal decision and everyone has the right to decide what he wants to continue doing with his life.”

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