Alonso, Button, Rosberg to tackle Mount Panorama?

The Bathurst International in Australia could feature former World Champions Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg as they are expected to receive invitations to the event at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit.

Australian Racing Group launched the three-day contest on Tuesday and announced that the trio, along with another former F1 star in Rubens Barrichello, could take part in the S5000 single-seater race at the inaugural event.

The weekend of December 4-6, 2020 has been pencilled in to host the Bathurst International and it will have a standalone non-championship, two driver 500km TCR international race, while the S5000 single seater event is still subject confirmation from the FIA.

Should they get the green light then the likes of Alonso, Button, Rosberg and Barrichello could take part, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“This event was presented as a true opportunity to bring a new international focus to Bathurst,” Matt Braid, Australian Racing Group director, said.

“Up to now, there has been limited opportunities for international drivers to compete at Australia’s best race track in cars they are used to racing in their home series.

“With the variety of categories on offer at the event, and a date that comes after most global series have concluded, it means the Bathurst International will see international drivers, teams and their cars compete head-to-head with Australia’s best drivers across multiple races over the event weekend.”

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Rosberg to change tone after Hamilton, Verstappen remarks

Nico Rosberg has said he will change his tone after being branded as the “new Jacques Villeneuve” and “irrelevant” for his recent comments.

The 2016 World Champion told his YouTube followers that he would “try and change my tone a little bit” after both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton reacted negatively to his criticisms.

The German claimed Verstappen was back to his old tricks after a first-lap collision in Belgium, leading the Red Bull man to brand him as F1’s new Jacques Villeneuve, otherwise known as rent-a-quote.

Hamilton saw the funny side of the jibe, with the relationship between Verstappen and Rosberg already soured earlier in the season after the latter called Verstappen a “narcissist”.

Rosberg’s former Mercedes team-mate Hamilton also got in on the action, calling Rosberg “irrelevant“.

However, the German said that when he was competing in Formula 1, criticism from ex-drivers was something that irritated him and so he will work on the way he speaks about his former colleagues to avoid causing conflict in the future.

“When I was still active one of the things I hated most was ex-drivers or journalists telling me about comments that ex-drivers made about me, which came across in a critical way,” Rosberg said on his official YouTube channel.

“In my case it was often David Coulthard. It would drive me nuts, seriously it was horrible.

“So now we have the situation that journalists have been relaying some of my stuff, or some comments I said that were negative, to Lewis or even Max…you can imagine journalists must have annoyed him pretty much if he Insta stories about me.

“So I need to make a little bit of a change there because I don’t want (to upset) those guys, my ex-colleagues, whom I respect a lot.”

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Rosberg: Leclerc is now Ferrari No.1

Nico Rosberg described Sebastian Vettel’s performance in Monza as “unexplainable” and believes Charles Leclerc took Ferrari’s No.1 status.

Vettel earned himself a ten-second stop/go penalty after spinning in clear air at the Ascari chicane during lap six of the Italian GP, before returning to the track in front of Lance Stroll and causing front wing damage for them both.

The four-time World Champion would finish P13 and was handed three more points for his superlicence, while team-mate Charles Leclerc stormed his way to victory in front of the Tifosi.

And now 2016 World Champion Rosberg, who is never shy to give his opinion, believes Leclerc has become an “absolute Ferrari legend” and made Vettel the clear number two driver.

“It’s unexplainable to me,” Rosberg said whilst on Sky Sports F1 duties.

“I can’t explain it. He’s a four-time World Champion, one of the best guys out there. To make a mistake like that, on your own, spinning the car like that on the corner…it’s so strange.Rosberg

“Then coming back on the track like that afterwards…I mean I understand because you’re not just going to sit there and wait for the whole train to go by…but my goodness, this moment must be so dark for him.

“His team-mate just became an absolute Ferrari legend and has probably just taken No.1 status in the team from him. Vettel must be rock bottom.”

Rosberg did though praise Vettel’s mental strength and warned everyone not to write him off yet.

“Vettel is one of those guys with a lot of self-confidence so that will help him a lot through this,” he explained.

“In F1, it is so short-lived, it just takes one race and you’re back, so we should not write him off.”

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Verstappen: Rosberg is the new Villeneuve

Nico Rosberg is F1’s new Jacques Villeneuve, otherwise known as rent-a-quote, that’s according to Max Verstappen.

Stepping away from the cockpit of Mercedes at the end of 2016, Rosberg took up a commentary role which he has expanded into a YouTube channel.

The German – much like Villeneuve – gives his opinion on everything from F1, which often includes Verstappen.

Earlier this year he labelled the Red Bull driver a “narcissist” before later in the season saying he is the “best driver” on today’s grid.

However, that soured in Belgium when Verstappen crashed on the opening lap, with Rosberg saying he is back to his old tricks.

The 21-year-old isn’t impressed.

“I am not very interested in what he says on his channels,” Verstappen told Dutch publication Telegraaf.

“I think he is the new Jacques Villeneuve.

“He [Villeneuve] has come around, but now it looks like it’s Rosberg who constantly wants to share a controversial opinion.

“Maybe he wants to attract viewers or something? He does it very often.

“At the beginning of this year he called me a narcissist. That is very extreme.

“Maybe he wants to earn money with his YouTube channel. If he have driven on longer, he could have earned much more.”

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