Rosberg still backing Hamilton over Max to win title

Date published: October 29 2021 - Michelle Foster

Lewis Hamilton fighting with Max Verstappen. Austin October 2021

Max Verstappen is a “giant” right now but Nico Rosberg reckons Lewis Hamilton will still come through to win the World title.

Rosberg remains the last driver to beat Hamilton to a World title, the German taking the 2016 crown before announcing days later that he was done, hanging up his helmet.

Since then it has been all Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas unable to fight his team-mate, and Ferrari falling short in their quest for a first title.

This year though is a very different story.

Verstappen has emerged as Hamilton’s main rival for the title, and a rival that it looks will push the Brit all the way to the final lap of the championship in Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen added to his tally of wins at the United States Grand Prix, holding off Hamilton to take the win by 1.333s.

That saw the Red Bull driver double his advantage in the title race to 12 points.

But with a total of 133 points still in play, Rosberg reckons this title race could still go either way.

“It’s crazy,” he told Sky Germany. “The cars are exactly the same, the drivers are on the same level and are in a league of their own.

“Nobody can keep up with them.”

He added: “It’s going to be so close in the last few races, so much is going to happen,. It just can’t be topped.

“I can’t predict how it’s going to turn out after Austin.

“Of course I can assess from the outside what kind of performance they are doing.

“It’s such a high level between the two drivers – the highest level that Formula 1 has ever seen.

“Phenomenal, huge respect.”

Although Rosberg is impressed with Verstappen’s performances, he reckons the smart money is still on his former team-mate to win number eight.

“Somehow I would still tend lean towards to Lewis,” he said. “Through experience, and because he normally always wins in the end.

 

“It’s so difficult to beat him. Somehow I think he is can still do it.

“But,” he added, “Max is a giant right now.”