Rosberg gives verdict on Hamilton and Verstappen title battle – “Have to lean towards him”

Nico Rosberg revealed that he backs Lewis Hamilton to beat Max Verstappen in the title race this season.

Hamilton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, and that is trailing his championship rival at the business end of the season. He has won the title six times in the last seven years, and that one year was the one Rosberg clinched.

Rosberg used to be Hamilton’s teammate, and their rivalry is well-documented. He remains the only one who has beaten Hamilton in the hybrid era. As it stands at the moment, Verstappen is on course to be the second one to do it.  

However, Rosberg revealed that he backs Hamilton to beat Verstappen, and said that there is always a sense of inevitability surrounding him.

“Somehow I would still tend (to) lean towards to Lewis (sic),” Rosberg told Sky Germany, as quoted by

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Rosberg backed Hamilton (right) to beat Verstappen (left). Source: Getty Images

“Through experience, and because he normally always wins in the end. It’s so difficult to beat him. Somehow I think he can still do it. But Max is a giant right now.”


The rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen has not only been intense, but it has also exposed the gap between them and the rest of the field. No other driver has been able to match their consistency this season.

Rosberg weighed in on the title battle, and said that he is very excited by it.

“It’s crazy,” he added.

“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.

“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,” he concluded.

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