“I was stepping out of the shower and my phone was ringing,” Zetsche explained. “And I saw it was Toto [Wolff, Mercedes F1 boss] and I thought: ‘Oh, again, something with Lewis!’ But then I got the news. And I did not expect that, I must say.”
He added: “Of course, it would have been easier and more pleasant for us to have two world champions in our team for the season to come. Now we need a new driver and that’s how life works. And so I was not insulted or totally disappointed. I respected his decision.”
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The speed of development in the automotive industry
Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi chief Carlos Ghosn expects that the pace of new technology in the automotive industry will be a shock.
“We will see more change in the automotive industry in the next 10 years than we have in the last 50 years,” he said. “The future for the automotive industry depends so much on interaction with so many partners. The biggest unknown is the speed at which all these technologies are going to come to the mass market.”
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