Rosberg has not raced since the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he closed out his maiden F1 World Drivers’ Championship by finishing second behind Lewis Hamilton, whose victory was not enough to overhaul the German at the top of the standings.
The then-31-year-old sensationally retired just five days later but was back in his title-winning W07 Mercedes for some demonstration laps between the two practice sessions on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix.
And Rosberg revealed there was more than a little bit of excitement at getting back into the seat where he had so much success.
“[I thought about reversing retirement] for 5 seconds, yes, when I got into the cockpit it was like coming home,” Rosberg told Italian Newspaper Corriere della Sera.
“But it went right away, I’m so happy.”
Rosberg was joined on track by the 1982 world champion: his father Keke.
The 69-year-old was behind the wheel of the FW07 Williams-Ford that he guided to glory 36 years ago – although neither man was really racing on this occasion.
Rosberg Jr’s last year of F1 was an antagonistic one in which he repeatedly clash with Lewis Hamilton both on and off the track.
This time around, Hamilton has Sebastian Vettel for company at the front of the grid while all three top teams are expected to challenge for the win on Sunday with Red Bull showing good pace in practice at Monte Carlo.
“Yes, it’s a spectacular fight between three teams,” Rosberg added.
“No one has any idea who will win on Sunday, it’s the perfect scenario: battles and uncertainty.
“[I’m betting] on Raikkonen because he took pole position last year.”
Qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix will take place at 2pm on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s race which will start at 2.10pm.
Source : EXPRESS