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Nico Rosberg comments on future following Formula 1 retirement

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Nico Rosberg has revealed that, despite retiring from Formula One last year after clinching his first world championship, he still wishes to stay involved in the sport in the future.

The German finished the 2016 campaign five points ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton following a title deciding season-finale in Abu Dhabi last November to earn his first Formula One championship.

However, he shockingly then decided to retire only a few days after the race at just 31-years-old, claiming that he felt he had achieved what he set out to in the sport.

Speaking to German outlet Sport Bild, Rosberg said: "I followed my heart and I'm totally happy to close my personal Formula One book with winning the world title.

"I achieved everything I set out to achieve. Now, my new life will be as big a challenge [as F1 was]. I want to be as successful. But now I can decide on my own what I want to do and I'm not being driven as much."

Since retiring, Rosberg has taken on a role as an ambassador for Mercedes and although he isn't sure of his long-term plan, the F1 champ has said another stint behind the wheel is definitely off the cards.

"One thing is for sure: I want to stick with racing in some capacity, whatever it may be. But I won't be coming back as a driver, no way.

"I'm thankful even though I put my life upside down by retiring from the sport."

Although the German has denied reports claiming he is set to drive in Formula E, where only electric powered cars are used for races, Rosberg has admitted that team management is something that interests him, although he thinks acting as an advisor to other drivers is more likely in his future.

When asked about potentially becoming a team boss, Rosberg said that he wouldn't rule it out.

However, at the moment his focus was with "working on social projects to help children and the less privileged" as he wanted to "give something back".

"This means a lot to me. I'm looking for a project I can put my whole heart into. There are plenty of possibilities. One could be, for example, to help other drivers to be successful, maybe as counsellor or in a management capacity." 

What role would you like to see Rosberg take on in the future? Would he act as a good advisor for other drivers? Have YOUR say in the comments below.

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