Who wants to be the next Rosberg?

LONDON • Mercedes posted a tongue-in-cheek job advertisement yesterday as they seek a replacement for newly-retired Formula One champion Nico Rosberg.

The notice, similar in format to the usual automotive vacancies, was published in Britain's Autosport magazine under "drive available" for the amusement of readers rather than any serious intent.

"As part of the travelling team, you will be responsible for the operation of an F1 car at track events including demos, tests and grands prix," it said. "Ideally, you will have a proven track record in skills including steering, braking and in particular, accelerating.

"Possession of an FIA Super Licence will be an advantage."

The perks included subsidised restaurant facilities, life assurance, private medical cover, on-site gym and a company car lease scheme.

Other required skills, apart from being "self-motivated with a strong desire for success", included showing "extreme patience in the face of media attention" and being able to identify clearly the strengths and weaknesses of competitors.

Rosberg announced his retirement last Friday and dominant Mercedes have no need to advertise the hottest vacancy in F1, with anyone remotely qualified already banging on their door.

The team's 22-year-old German reserve Pascal Wehrlein, who raced for Manor this year, is the bookmakers' favourite to partner three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton next season. William Hill cut his odds from 9/4 to 4/7 on Wednesday with Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas the 5/2 second favourite.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2016, with the headline 'Who wants to be the next Rosberg?'. Print Edition | Subscribe