The team had been built precisely around him, the son of F1 world champion Keke Rosberg, and Lewis Hamilton, probably the first “private” karters to receive such a strong and substantial support in terms of means and availability. The two didn’t race with your standard factory team, like Birel or CRG, but with a karting outfit created ad hoc by AMG (Mercedes). And the man called on to manage the show back then was precisely Padua-born Dino Chiesa, who a few years later, at this point with his own team, Chiesa Corse, and his own chassis, Zanardi, is finding himself once more on track with the “blondie”.
Except the goal this time around is not the European title, but only having fun and stripping some rust from the winter months.
Too bad it’s raining. Although, if one hasn’t been karting for a long time, the rain can actually help, rather than hurt. In fact, when it’s wet, there’s less grip and the kart slides, sparing arms from excessive strain. And ribs too, which seem to be Nico’s weakest spot on this revival run. When he wakes up on race day, his aching chest immediately reminds him of the practice laps done the day before. So the team guys search for a solution to make the run less painful.