Nico Rosberg, once chiefly described as the son of 1982 world champion Keke, insists he is now his own man.
As a teenager, while he charged towards F1 as GP2 champion six years ago, Rosberg’s career was guided by his father, the tough ‘Flying Finn’ who once managed Mika Hakkinen.
“His advice has always been important to me,” Rosberg admitted to the Kolner Express, “but now he stays out of it completely.
“I have done all the negotiations with Mercedes myself,” he added, referring to his new multi year contract with the Brackley based team. “That was quite a challenge but my father helped me in the closing stages, with all the paperwork and things.”
Rosberg, meanwhile, insists there are no problems between his father and Michael Schumacher, despite Keke publicly lambasting his Mercedes teammate amid the ‘Rascasse’ scandal some years ago.
“They have buried the hatchet,” said Rosberg. “I’ve always been very neutral on that one. But maybe that’s one reason why my father does no interviews any more.”