Rosberg: If we talk about pure speed, Lewis and I are about equal

Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia

Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia

Nico Rosberg believes he is rounding out his first Formula 1 season with Lewis Hamilton as his Mercedes teammate about equal with the 2008 F1 World Champion – in terms of raw speed.

Rosberg is widely regarded as having beaten the seven time world champion and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, when they were paired together at Mercedes between 2010 and last year.

But some wonder if Schumacher, now into his forties, was still riding the same kind of speed and form as in the prime of his ultra-successful days at Benetton and Ferrari.

Thus for 2013, the pairing with the highly-rated Hamilton, has proved to be the real test of Rosberg’s talent.

Nico Rosberg on the podium in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg on the podium in Abu Dhabi

So, with two races to go this season, Nico Rosberg has won twice – at Monaco and Silverstone – compared with Hamilton’s sole victory in Hungary. But Hamilton is slightly higher in the drivers’ points standings.

“Quite often I’ve been ahead of him,” Rosberg told Germany’s Sport Bild this week, “but I’ve had more technical problems.

“Lewis’ season has gone quite smoothly, so I’m a bit behind him on the points. If we talk about pure speed, we are about equal.”

“It’s great, because it’s for duels like this that I came into Formula 1 – I am constantly looking for ways to get ahead of my teammate. I can assure you that Lewis is incredibly fast,” he added.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are buddies

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are buddies

This week, it emerged that Schumacher was contacted by Lotus as a potential candidate for the last two races, due to Kimi Raikkonen’s back surgery.

Sabine Kehm, the retired 44-year-old’s manager, credited Rosberg and Hamilton for the latest wave of respect for the great Schumacher.

“Many people have changed their assessment about Michael because of Nico Rosberg’s recent performances compared to those of Lewis Hamilton,” she said.

“Michael drove as well as Nico, just as Nico is driving as well as Lewis,” Kehm told Bild newspaper. (GMM)

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  • Red Bull Cheats

    Nico, Lewis gave you Monaco on the first corner because he is your team mate, and a blown tire cost him Silverstone which you won. So it would,have easily been 3 wins to 0 against Lewis. Plus you were at Merc for 3 years and he just arrived. So wake up and smell the roses.

  • Anon

    Rosberg says Hamilton’s season has been smoother but when Rosberg has retired it’s been from nowhere, Hamilton lost far more points at Silverstone relative to Rosberg than Rosberg lost at Melbourne and Hungary.

  • steve

    How is being beaten every season for 3 seasons ‘Driving as well as’

  • G

    Schumacher was faster than Nico when he was finally settled in in 2012, but still not as fast as his prime. People say Ayrton had 3 tenths on Schumacher when they raced together so it goes to show how fast Senna was back in the day.

  • who spot on guys

    Wow guys. all your comments are spot on.

    I always wanted these 2 together at Mclaren. what a pairing.

    Rosberg is just using this for PR. Like Button did in 2011 when Lewis was at his worst form, then Lewis destroyed him in 2012.
    If not for all the car failures while in the lead + frot pit stops Lewis would crushed Button even more than he did.

    Lewis will step it up a gear next year when the W05 has more of what he wants in the car.

    At the moment Lewis is doing very well in a Rosberg suited car. Since the Singapore W04 upgrades Rosberg started matching Lewis again and naturally starts speaking to the press again.

    Nothing bad here. hope next years title is between the 2 of them like the bulls in 2010.

  • durptron

    @steve

    Beaten 3 years in a row? You need to check your facts bud. Rosberg beat Shumi every year, yes 2012 Schumi showed some flashes of speed but that still fell short. Lewis has raw talent but Rosberg is far more technically astute. Between their individual strengths they are indeed pretty even.

  • Say What?

    @durptron

    That’s what steve is saying: Rosberg beat Schumi 3 years in a row. His point was: “How was Schumi driving as well as Rosberg when Rosberg beat Schumi three years running?”

  • grat

    Rosberg’s problem is that once things go wrong in a race, he rarely recovers, partly because he’s not as aggressive as Hamilton is at overtaking.

    He’s very quick on a single lap, and both he and Hamilton can get similar performance out of the car, but at the moment, it’s 5 to 3 for pole positions, in Hamilton’s favor.

    That may shift if Mercedes starts gearing Hamilton’s car for overtaking– Hamilton may not get pole at COTA or Interlagos– but he should be able to do what he does very well, and that’s pass people.

  • iceman 2.0

    Guys let us all salute the ultimate talent and speedster … His highness Mr Maldono. The most complete driver in and out track. Sublime performance in 2012 which won him the spanish grand prix crushing the likes of more established stars in a much inferior car.

  • Boycotthehaters

    Rosberg is correct, he’s been at least Hamlton’s equal this season. He’s had all the technical issues (if this was Webber we’d be hearing screams of “His car is being sabotaged to make his teammate look good!”)

    How long does it take a driver to get “comfortable” with his car? Hamilton has had a season now and supposedly he’s still not”comfortable”.

  • Boycotthehaters

    “when Rosberg has retired it’s been from nowhere”

    Try watching the races sometime.