2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg has named his top five drivers of the 2020 Formula 1 season, headed by a familiar rival.
The series rolls in to Abu Dhabi for the final round of a 2020 campaign like nothing we have seen before, but it has been the usual culprits on top with Lewis Hamilton claiming a record-equalling seventh World Championship, while Mercedes secured their seventh Drivers’ and Constructors’ double in a row.
It’s no surprise then that Rosberg named his former Mercedes team-mate Hamilton as his No.1 driver for 2020, and he placed one other name alongside the Briton as talents operating on a whole other level in 2020.
“My top five of the season, Hamilton number one, I mean really at that level to keep performing year after year he’s just the best out there, so number one,” Rosberg said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“Max Verstappen number two. Clearly those two are in a league of their own I think, Verstappen getting the best out of that car all the time, really awesome job.
“P3 it’s a toss-up between [Charles] Leclerc and [Daniel] Ricciardo, I’ll go for Leclerc P3 because what he got out of that Ferrari was amazing this season.
“And the way he beat [Sebastian] Vettel who is also one of the best of all time, an incredible talent, to beat Vettel in that way, Leclerc number three.
“Ricciardo number four, great season with that car.
“Number five I’d go for [Pierre] Gasly, Gasly with that AlphaTauri has just improved so much, he’s always there.
“Got the win this year with the AlphaTauri, so I would say number five Gasly.”
While that completed Rosberg’s top five, he wanted to give a few other mentions.
Among them were Lando Norris who has enjoyed a solid second season in the sport, heading into the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with 87 points on the board.
He and team-mate Carlos Sainz, who also got a mention from Rosberg, will be fighting hard in the season finale to secure P3 in the Constructors’ Championship for McLaren.
“And then I’d still want to mention a couple of other names, I’d mention [Lando] Norris, [Carlos] Sainz, [George] Russell and [Nico] Hulkenberg of course,” Rosberg concluded.
Hulkenberg replaced Sergio Perez at Racing Point for both the British and 70th Anniversary GPs at Silverstone.
In his second outing he would put the RP20 P3 on the grid for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, going on to finish P7.