Gerhard Berger tells Auto Motor und Sport that he believes Nico Rosberg is ‘insanely good’.
The Mercedes driver demonstrated his capabilities following the return to Formula One of Michael Schumacher. Ross Brawn, then Mercedes team boss, pursued Schumacher following Jenson Button’s decision to leave the Brackley-based outfit following his world championship winning year.
During their three years together, Rosberg eclipsed his 7 times world champion team mate in pretty much all the statistics.
Faster qualifying time: Rosberg 41 / Schumacher 17
Poles: Rosberg 1 / Schumacher 0
Front rows: Rosberg 2 / Schumacher 1
Wins: Rosberg 1 / Schumacher 0
Podiums: Rosberg 5 / Schumacher 1
Points finishes: Rosberg 39 / Schumacher 31
DNFs: Rosberg 7 / Schumacher 15
Best race result (incl. DNFs): Rosberg 35 / Schumacher 22
Ahead in two-car finish: Rosberg 22 / Schumacher 15
Overall points: Rosberg 324 / Schumacher 197
Seasons finished higher in standings: Rosberg 3 / Schumacher 0
Highest championship placing: Rosberg 7th (2010, 2011) / Schumacher 8th (2011)
Gerhard Berger believes Rosberg is better than the rest of the current drivers in the field, with the exception of his team mate. “With any other driver as his team mate, Rosberg would have probably won the last two world championships.” Further, the ex-Austrain F1 driver believes Rosberg’s close of 2015 form can trouble his current team mate. “Hamilton appears to be walking on a tightrope,” says Berger. “He always appears close to losing his nerve so if Nico succeeds in rattling his confidence, then he will have a chance [of winning the WDC]”.
Berger does concede Hamilton could get “back on his game” once the 2016 season gets underway, though believes if Rosberg “puts together a strong first half of the season, Hamilton would have more problems with Rosberg’s success than vice versa.”
The season gets under way in Australia on March 20th, just over 7 weeks from now. Then and only then will we know who will claim the early bragging rights amongst the Mercedes drivers.