By chance, I had my Sunday lunch with Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg yesterday (the chance being that I was sat at the only table with enough spare seats for him, his girlfriend and various members of his team).

We didn’t exactly chat and chew the fat, but he was relaxed, confident and polite company. One of his biggest smiles came when I asked him whether he had a Mercedes SLS as a company car.

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It seemed logical that he would – and I reckoned it would be interesting to get an F1 driver’s thoughts on a car that Autocar has just started running as a long-termer (the most expensive in the magazine’s history, we reckon).

 “I love the car, it’s sensational,” said Nico. “But it wasn’t on offer as a company car. In fact, I asked about buying one I liked it so much, but they wouldn’t give me a discount. I tried to negotiate, but nothing. Not even one per cent, so no SLS for me.”