Rosberg believes his strengths will help to beat Hamilton

Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton on the beach in Melbourne

Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton on the beach in Melbourne

Nico Rosberg claims he is not worried about being beaten by his new Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, as he has strengths that perhaps the highly rated Briton does not have.

Germany’s Sport Bild told the 27-year-old that although he beat the great Michael Schumacher at Mercedes over the past three years, many perceive it as more to do with the seven time world champion’s decline.

“I can assure you that Michael was still on it,” Rosberg insisted.

Whatever the case, the German’s skills will be tested yet again in 2013, now that Lewis Hamilton – undisputedly one of the very fastest in Formula 1 – is his teammate.

Years ago, the pair were teammates in the upper classes of go-karting.

“He (Hamilton) was super-fast,” Rosberg admitted.

He thinks, however, that he might have the upper hand now that they share identical Formula 1 cars, Karting is pure, but in Formula 1, my other strengths come into play much more.”

“I always get the most from the setup; I am very consistent,” he said, raising the idea that Hamilton is more of an instinctive driver. “There are drivers who have days where not everything fits together. I have less of them,” added Rosberg. (GMM)