Brawn: Everyone recognises now that Nico was better than everyone thought 19 August, 2013 Nico Rosberg during the German GP weekend Nico Rosberg is very happy to be compared and tested alongside the proven talents of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, team boss Ross Brawn insists. Paired with seven time world champion Michael Schumacher between 2010 and 2012, German Rosberg emerged as the more successful of the two Germans pedalling the Mercedes racers. Team boss Brawn admitted that Rosberg is arguably happier now, alongside Hamilton – widely regarded as among the very best on the grid. “Lewis is a great reference for the team,” Brawn is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton “I think sometimes [Rosberg] was a little unhappy with Michael, because it wasn’t the same reference. Michael often had difficult moments with Nico. “Was it because Michael was not as good as he once was? Or was Nico better than some people gave him credit? “I think everyone recognises now that Nico was better than everyone thought,” he added. Brawn said that the results of the 2013 season, with Rosberg winning twice and Hamilton opening his victory account recently in Hungary, have proved that the current driver pairing is right. “I feel vindicated now that Lewis is on the team, because people are [now] saying how good Nico is, and I’ve always said so,” he insisted. (GMM) Subbed by AJN.