Rosberg counters Schumacher taunt with jibe of his own

Nico Rosberg with Michael Schumacher as Mercedes teammates in 2012

Nico Rosberg with Michael Schumacher as Mercedes teammates in 2012

Nico Rosberg has brushed off reports that his former teammate Michael Schumacher failed to name him among the current very best drivers in Formula 1, but says he is very happy to have beaten the best driver of all time for three years in a row.

As teammates at Mercedes between 2010 and last year, it is generally accepted that Rosberg usually had the upper-hand over Schumacher when the seven-time world champion raced out a three-year Formula 1 comeback.

But when contemplating the pecking order in 2013, the great German this week named only Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen as the standout drivers.

And Schumacher was also quoted by Sky Italia: “(Those four drivers and) Maybe someone else I’ve forgotten.”

Could it be that Schumacher’s “forgotten” driver was Rosberg?

“I don’t know,” Rosberg told the Spanish sports newspaper AS, “but he can say what he wants – I don’t comment on these things.”

Two-time 2013 race winner Rosberg did insist, however, that he is “very happy” to be able to say that “for three years I beat the best driver of all time”. (GMM)