Watch Nico Rosberg get to grips with the iconic supercar on a mountain drive.
Being born and raised in the principality of Monaco has its perks. For a start, you're likely very wealthy and have neighbors with awesome cars. And when you're a former Formula 1 world champion, those perks extend further. For Nico Rosberg, all it took was a Post-it note announcing his identity and asking for the opportunity to drive his dream car and his gracious neighbor allowed him to get behind the wheel of the legendary Ferrari F40. Following his retirement from the sport, the F1 champ started a YouTube channel as one of the ways to keep himself busy, and shortly after amassing his one-millionth subscriber, he got to take the iconic F40 for a spin in the mountains around Monaco.
Rosberg has spent his days in retirement driving some special cars, including the Volkswagen ID.R and a late Rimac C-Two prototype, but he never had the opportunity to drive the F40, one of his "bucket list" cars. On the tight and twisting turns of the mountain road, it's quite clear that this supercar is a handful. Rosberg remarks that it is quite stiff and bouncy yet has an enormous amount of mechanical grip. Naturally, this is an F1 world champion saying that the car has plenty of grip, but you can be sure that mere mortals would ask for more traction and security if they were hooning a priceless piece of automotive art on roads like these.
As unquestionable as his driving skills are, Rosberg remains human, and a human that has immense respect for the F40. Driving a borrowed car on narrow village streets, even this motorsport maestro succumbs to nerves at times and accidentally runs a red light. The result is that he has to reverse the F40 back to the light he ran, something that must have been quite harrowing. Nevertheless, Rosberg seems enamored by the whole experience and it's quite clear that this is one of the few cars that, even years on, continues to thrill. We doubt that the F8 Tributo - or any other Ferrari the future may bring - will ever be quite as special.