Max Verstappen’s dominance hasn’t affected F1 leisure issue : PlanetF1

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg nonetheless thinks there was loads of pleasure in Method 1 this season regardless of Max Verstappen and Purple Bull dominating the standings.

Verstappen, now a two-time World Champion after consecutive title successes in 2021 and 2022 respectively, broke the document for essentially the most wins by a single driver in any official Method 1 season.

The Dutchman racked up a whopping 15 race wins in F1 2022, 9 of these coming within the remaining 11 races as he strolled in the direction of including a second title to his trophy cupboard.

Normally, until you’re fan of mentioned dominant driver, the remainder of the Method 1 fanbase will say the season, or period if that dominant run continues for years on finish, is boring and begin dropping curiosity within the sport.

Rosberg, although, nonetheless thinks F1 2022 delivered, even when we did solely see one non-Purple Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes driver on the rostrum this 12 months – Lando Norris for McLaren all the best way again at spherical 4 at Imola.

“I assumed it was a implausible weekend as soon as once more,” Rosberg mentioned on Sky F1’s Any Pushed Monday when reflecting on the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

“And customarily the entire season has simply been so thrilling, although Verstappen was so dominant, by some means within the races they have been nonetheless at all times thrilling to observe. And the identical once more in Abu Dhabi.

“I actually appreciated the structure, how they’ve modified the structure of this Abu Dhabi monitor as a result of as you recognize, it was once unimaginable to overhaul on this monitor, and now, straight from the get go, we’re seeing overtaking all throughout the sector.

“Particularly like we noticed with Lewis Hamilton on Carlos Sainz at first, that was actually thrilling.

“So I believe that’s been good and that’s actually helped the racing there in Abu Dhabi.”

Method 1 additionally waved goodbye to Sebastian Vettel on the finish of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the four-time World Champion deciding to not proceed into a 3rd 12 months with the Aston Martin workforce and re-assess forward of selecting his subsequent chapter.

And Rosberg had nothing however reward for his fellow compatriot.

“It was very nice how the entire neighborhood, the entire world got here collectively to want him an exquisite farewell,” Rosberg mentioned.

“A lot was achieved [for him] and all of the drivers met as much as have a farewell dinner on the Thursday night time. That was actually cool.

“He is likely one of the biggest of all time, with the outcomes that he had, four-time World Champion, he’s proper up there as one of many greats. He’ll positively be missed lots as all of us love watching him and it was nice to have him within the sport.

“What an unimaginable profession he’s had and now it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what he does subsequent. In fact, that’s at all times the problem, particularly as he does admit he doesn’t have a plan.

“So it’s going to be actually good to observe that and I’m positive he’s going to do one thing the place he’ll contribute to society, which is, after all the course that I’ve taken on as properly.”

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