<
>

Rosberg won't advise Bottas on Hamilton, rules out Formula E

Sutton Images

Retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg says he is happy to sit down with Valtteri Bottas, but refuses to give away any tips on how to beat Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas was announced as Rosberg's replacement at Mercedes last month following the German's retirement from the sport just five days after sealing his maiden F1 drivers' title in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg revealed Bottas has called up and asked for his advice having made the switch to the three-time constructors' champions from Williams.

"Yes, Valtteri asked to sit down with me," Rosberg admitted. "I am happy to do that, but I will not give him any tips or give away Lewis' secrets, although of course I know him very well. I will remain neutral."

Rosberg, who has taken up an ambassador role with Mercedes, said he will be attending a number of races throughout the upcoming season. The 23-time grand prix winner believes his former team will retain its advantage despite an overhaul to F1's regulations for 2017.

"I will of course continue to follow developments and I'm looking forward to seeing the new car and will definitely be at the track for five or six races. I will continue to work with the sponsors.

"We are simply the best team and have the best chance. But Red Bull and Ferrari can never be underestimated. I'm still a huge fan of our sport and I'm already excited about the first tests."

Rosberg also quashed rumours he could move to Formula E in the near-future, although he admitted he is interested in following the progress of the all-electric series. Last year Mercedes signed an agreement with Formula E, giving the German manufacturer an option to join the grid in 2018/19.

"No, I don't think so," Rosberg replied when asked if he thinks he will become involved in the series. "I'm interested in Formula E. It's certainly increasing very quickly.

"We're seeing how much success it's having. It's very new, it's going in a different direction. It's cool to follow. It has a good future and I'm definitely interested in it."