Hamilton says Rosberg is underestimated 12 February, 2013 Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg Recent Mercedes signing Lewis Hamilton has spoken up for his new teammate Nico Rosberg. German Rosberg is seen to have outshone seven time world champion Michael Schumacher during their three years together at Mercedes between 2010 and 2012. But how much had success and subsequent retirement – and age – slowed the great 44-year-old? “Nico is a damn strong competitor,” Briton Hamilton told the French sports daily L’Equipe, “I can assure you. “He is underestimated,” added Rosberg’s new teammate, the 2008 world champion. Hamilton said Rosberg is good enough to push him right to the limits of his talents. “If you want to be the best,” he insisted, “you have to be pushed to your limits. And Nico is one of the drivers who can do that.” (GMM) Related NewsMercedes: Hot heads should be cooled this weekCivil war persists at Mercedes in aftermath of Spa clashCase closed on Rosberg and Hamilton incident say FIAHamilton: I don’t really know how to approach the next raceButton calls for cleaner F1 title battle fightRosberg: My view of the events are very different to Lewis’Mercedes: Maybe the slap on the wrist is not enoughHamilton: Rosberg said he did it on purpose to prove a pointMercedes: We saw our worst case scenario unfoldMercedes: Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptable Coll Racevoski My word also. I don’t know why everyone is discounting Nico. Maybe he didn’t had a chance to show his talent in a proper car, but with Michael beside him it think that he done enough to prove him. fgfdgfdgdf Coll, he won a race in an inferior car with 20 sec advantage due to Ross his strategy. So the haters should shut it! backmarker Rosberg underestimated or Hamilton overestimated?