Back in 2020, ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was forced to miss the race due to being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Briton was replaced with Mercedes’ junior driver George Russell, but Lewis’ former team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg now reveals he would have liked to throw his name in the hat.
“I would definitely have considered picking up the phone there,” Rosberg told Jenson Button on his YouTube show.
“But I physically would not have been able to. No way. I would not manage more than two laps with that car.
“My arms would solidify rock solid, my fingers… I wouldn’t be able to hold the steering wheel anymore after two laps, I am sure.
“Not to speak of the neck falling between my legs when I’m braking, because I wouldn’t be able to hold my head up!
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“You know, the G-forces on those things, the challenge and the development you need on all your specific muscles, your arm muscles… It’s very on the edge.
“So physically, no chance, because I was thinking about it.”
Ultimately, the German reveals he has no desire to return to Formula 1 full time.
“If you tell me you can try Valtteri’s car tomorrow in Bahrain on a day of testing I’d be like ‘wow that’s so cool I’d love to do it’.
“But if you tell me I have another chance to be back in a season, no. Thank you very much everybody, I’m very happy with my second life.
“That’s all done and fulfilled,” Nico concluded.