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Rosberg: 'Verstappen already deserves the biggest recognition'

Rosberg: 'Verstappen already deserves the biggest recognition'

30-11-2021 11:27 Last update: 12:19


The last driver to win it in a direct duel for the championship from Lewis Hamilton was Nico Rosberg in 2016. The two were teammates at Mercedes at the time. Therefore, the German driver knows better than anyone how Verstappen should beat the Brit.

Experience in favor of Hamilton

In an interview with RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) Rosberg looks ahead to the denouement of the world championship. The former Formula 1 driver thinks Hamilton has the best chance thanks to his experience. "On emotion, I say, Lewis," said Rosberg who indicates that the mental aspect is essential in a championship duel.

For Verstappen, it is in fact the first time he has a chance to win the title. "It's certainly not easy for Max, because it's the first time he's been in a situation like this. And then against the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time. In that respect, he already deserves the greatest recognition."

Verstappen full-on attack

Despite the lack of experience in competing for a championship, Verstappen does have a chance at the title. Rosberg advises Verstappen how to proceed. "You have to take advantage of Lewis' weak moments. When he loses his motivation and his head. Then it's full-on attack!" With two races to go, Verstappen is eight points ahead of Hamilton.

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