Lauda ‘surprised’ by Rosberg’s test appearance

Date published: March 14 2017

Niki Lauda has said he was “surprised” to see retired World Champion Nico Rosberg at Barcelona, questioning why he did not stay away.

Rosberg took selfies with his former engineers and posted a video with his impressions of the new cars on a visit to Mercedes.

Lauda thought that now Rosberg has retired he would be wanting to spend more time with his family, but ruled out the appearance being out him having second thoughts about his decision.

“I was surprised, to be honest,” Lauda admitted at a Mercedes sponsor’s event.

“If I wanted to stop, I would stay away for a while to enjoy my child and my wife properly.

“I don’t think he’ll come back. I think he’s comfortable now in his home.”

Lauda has also said he has now come to terms with Rosberg’s retirement after initially being critical of his decision.

“From the driver’s point of view I understand him, but from the point of view of responsibility, it was a surprise,” Lauda told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

“In our day, it was really something to become world champion so we always wanted to defend it,” he said.

“I have to say, in my defence, that in my time at least one driver was killed every year, so we had to have a different approach to the sport.”