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Current F1 Champion Nico Rosberg Joins Sky Sports for Japanese GP Coverage

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In a dramatic twist, Nico Rosberg—winner of the 2016 Formula One World Championship—will join Britain’s Sky Sports F1 presentation team at the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix. He’ll be commentating before and after the race alongside Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Anthony Davidson, and Ted Kravitz, almost all of whom had spent years 2014 – 2016 doing a fairly poor job of hiding their desire to see Rosberg get beaten by his British rival Lewis Hamilton.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to have the perspective of a modern-era champion when discussing F1 on television. “Adding the current World Champion and Japanese Grand Prix winner to the team is great,” said Brundle. “His knowledge of the latest hybrid cars, the Mercedes team and Lewis Hamilton is second to none.”

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While racing, Rosberg was viewed by many as a reserved, even boring individual who had almost nothing but predictable, paper-cutter answers for the media. After winning the championship in 2016, however, his attitude changed visibly. With all of the pressure gone, it was as though he could finally be his normal self again and he became much friendlier and open in front of the cameras—in all of the five languages he speaks fluently.

Since winning in Abu Dhabi last year, Rosberg has been enjoying the high life of a retired 32-year old millionaire while spending time he hadn’t previously been able to afford with his wife and two daughters. He has also continued his relationship with Mercedes in an ambassador role and taken on new responsibility as Robert Kubica’s manager.

“Nico will provide both the most ardent motorsport fan and the casual viewer with expert analysis and insight in what is a crucial race,” said Brundle. “He’s a good guy, it will be fun to have him around!”

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News Source: Sky Sports F1