Francorchamps (Belgium): Nico Rosberg had every reason to stop and consider his mortality on Friday after escaping unhurt from a spectacular high-speed tyre failure during second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg with wife Vivian Sibold. Pic/AFP
At 30, and married for a year, he will surely have thought of his wife Vivian who is expecting their first child at any time. He has a private plane on stand-by at Liege airport in case she goes into labour and he is needed — and the Mercedes team allow him to make a flying visit home to Monaco.
And he has just spent the last four weeks during Formula One’s annual mid-season break staying home to prepare for life as a family man. "Things are great, she’s feeling very, very comfortable, which is nice," said Rosberg before yesterday’s accident. "Doctors say the due date is next week, so let’s see."
He showed easy enthusiasm for life as a father when he was asked how he enjoyed his holidays.
"Everything’s packed, the car engine was running in the garage. I’ve prepared for all that, so we just have family cars at the moment in the garage. We have a Mercedes ML, and a Mercedes GLK. The baby seat is in the ML, and it took me two hours to put it in there. It’s one of my toughest recent experiences."