[dropcap size=small]B[/dropcap]arely a day after coming in first on the first practice run for the 2015 F1 Singapore Grand Prix, Mercedes-AMG driver Nico Rosberg was asked if his daughter will be allowed to follow in her father’s (and grandfather Keke Rosberg’s) footsteps.
(2016 update: Well, Rosberg edged out Daniel Ricciardo by less than half a second to take the Singapore race – and is now in the lead for world champion.)
“No way!” exclaimed the 30-year-old German racer and father of the fortnight-old baby girl.
His candid response drew laughter during a light-hearted meet-and-greet session with lucky members of the Starwood Preferred Guest programme, hosted at Cook & Brew at The Westin Singapore.
PHOTOS: Nico Rosberg attends an event hosted by IWC Schaffhausen, a Mercedes F1 Team sponsor, in 2016.
Only time will tell if this verdict will stand. After all, the firstborn child to Rosberg and childhood sweetheart turned wife Vivian Sibold has the blood of champions (of Nico and 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg) racing through her veins.
Rosberg left shortly after, with “fingers crossed” for the qualifying laps to come in the trying Marina Bay street circuit.
His preparation ritual includes a quick bout of soccer with his physiotherapist, down in the paddocks, before getting in the car.