BERLIN - The seasonal adage definitely applies to Formula One (F1) world champion, Nico Rosberg. When the F1 season begins in March, the German racer won't be pressing the pedal to the metal, instead he'll have his feet up.
"I'm just going to be at home, sitting on a couch, watching TV," Rosberg told CNN after announcing his shock retirement in December.
"That's going to be strange! I'll be excited to see the new cars and the battles. I'll definitely be following," he said.
Under a new set of technical regulations for 2017, the fastest racing cars in the world are about to get even quicker with a wider chassis, fatter tires and higher cornering speeds.
But Rosberg is plotting a bit of rest and recuperation in his New Year resolutions after a grueling year wrestling the world title from his Mercedes rival, Lewis Hamilton.
After losing the championship to Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, the German claimed the title by five points at the final race of 2016 in Abu Dhabi and then retired five days later.
"The pressure and the intensity were unbelievable. There were some really hard moments along the way," Rosberg explains.