Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton can beat Michael Schumacher in the GOAT debate in Formula 1.
Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton can beat Michael Schumacher in Formula 1’s greatest debate of all time as the former Mercedes star hails the Briton’s ‘amazing natural talent’
- Nico Rosberg says Lewis Hamilton outdoes Michael Schumacher in GOAT debate
- Hamilton, 36, aims to improve on Schumacher’s total of seven world titles
- Rosberg has been teammates of both legends and has sided with the British star
- He believes Hamilton’s ‘amazing natural talent’ is superior to Schumacher’s
Nico Rosberg has praised Lewis Hamilton’s ‘amazing natural talent’ and suggested the Briton could beat Michael Schumacher in Formula 1’s greatest debate of all time.
The 36-year-old Hamilton is aiming to surpass Schumacher’s record of seven world championships this season, trailing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by six points en route to this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
The Briton has shattered virtually all F1 records for him, taking his 100th race win this season, but winning an eighth world title would put him in a league of his own compared to his fellow greats.
Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton outdoes Michael Schumacher in F1’s GOAT debate
And Rosberg – who was a team-mate to both Hamilton and Schumacher at Mercedes – believes the 36-year-old’s natural talent gives him an edge over his compatriot in the GOAT debate.
“Lewis has a great natural talent,” the German told Motorsport-Total.
“If we look at talent, he is probably the best of all time. And he really builds on that, that instinct is phenomenal with him.’
However, Rosberg admitted Schumacher’s dedication to practice was superior to Hamilton’s, revealing that the former Ferrari star was doing his due diligence behind the scenes.
Hamilton (R) wants to surpass Schumacher (L) of seven world titles this season
‘A big difference is the care. Lewis hates test drives. He doesn’t like test drives.
“And Michael, he would drive tests every day, even though he is a seven-time world champion. But because he also knows that you can always learn a little there.’
Hamilton has already broken records for most race wins (100), most pole positions (101) and most podiums (176) during his outstanding F1 career, and could also match Schumacher’s record of five consecutive championships if he wins again this year.
After five years into retirement, Rosberg says his long stint out of the sport allows him to take a more objective look at the GOAT debate.
Rosberg praised his former team-mate’s ‘amazing natural talent’ that overshadows Schumacher’s
However, he said Schumacher’s dedication to testing was better than Hamilton’s
“I’m not so emotionally attached to it now that I say, ‘Hey, Michael really deserved to hold the record.’ Lewis deserves it too and if he manages to do that then that’s good,” added Rosberg.
‘I see it more and more like: “Hey [Hamilton] was really damn fast, and I can be all the more proud that I beat him with the same car at the time.”‘
Hamilton lost his grip on the championship last time in Turkey, where a strategy error cost the Mercedes man dearly after attempting to regain the starting positions following his 10-place penalty for taking a new engine.
The Briton dropped from third to fifth after a late tire change, while Verstappen finished second behind Valtteri Bottas to take control of the championship with six races left.