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Wednesday November 30, 2016
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Nico Rosberg (centre) reaches out to a fan in the crowd upon his arrival at KLCC November 29, 2016. — Picture by Firdaus LatifNico Rosberg (centre) reaches out to a fan in the crowd upon his arrival at KLCC November 29, 2016. — Picture by Firdaus LatifKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Newly crowned and first-time Formula One champion, Nico Rosberg of Germany, hopes the German Grand Prix will continue to be a fixture on the calendar.

The race is rumoured to be on the chopping block, but Rosberg, who has been racing for 10 years, feels F1 would not be the same without the German GP as part of its ensemble.

“As a German and on a personal note, an F1 world championship without a German GP doesn’t feel like a world championship,” said the 31-year-old Rosberg.

“It’s a historic and legendary event and it’s very important we have that race.”

Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ head of motorsport, said while the decision to continue with the German GP is still being negotiated, the 2017 calendar will be released next week by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

Wolff said he and Mercedes are still open to the idea of having the German GP.

Meanwhile, Rosberg refused to be comment on Malaysia ending their hosting rights in 2018.

“We should savour the races left and it is one of our home races,” he said.

“Malaysia love motorsport and it’s been a great success. The support we receive is phenomenal. Our victory is your victory as well.

“Malaysia have one of the best circuit and F1 has created attention around the world for business and tourism,” he said, urging all the fans to enjoy the remaining two years of the F1 race in Malaysia.

Malaysia has been hosting it since 1999 and SIC’s contract with F1 will expire in 2018.

Separately, Rosberg said his relationship with Lewis Hamilton was now at a neutral level and believed the 13-year friendship between them will last.

“I can understand Lewis because you know we both are drivers and fighters until the last metres, its all about the championship title so he decided to try everything he could.

“We are best friends but it became so intense in the last three years because of the rivalry, but that what makes us great, so I’m sure it will continue to be a good one,” he said.

Rosberg receives the F1 trophy in Vienna on Friday and plans on continuing the celebrations since he snared the championship last Sunday.

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