Nico Rosberg has highlighted “diligence” to be the difference between Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
Not many can say that they have been teammates with two of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. Rosberg has had that honour, and he has raced alongside them long enough to know both of their styles very well.
The 2016 World Champion recently compared both drivers, and gave his opinion on their strengths. Rosberg has highlighted “diligence” to be the difference between Schumacher and Hamilton.
“Michael was just so complete as a driver. He covered all areas,” he said, as quoted by GP Blog.
“He motivates the whole team and gets them behind him, knows all the names, invites them to his house for bike rides and so on, even though he is a seven-time world champion and has 800 million in his bank account or something.”
Rosberg then spoke about Hamilton, saying, “Talent-wise, he probably has to be the best of all time. And he really builds on that, that instinct is phenomenal with him. With Schumacher, the situation is slightly different. A big difference is diligence.
“Lewis hates test drives. He doesn’t like test drives. And Michael, he would drive tests every day, even though he is a seven-time world champion. But because he also knows that you can always learn a little bit there.”
Hamilton is also a seven-time champion like Schumacher, and he is gunning for number eight this season. Rosberg commented on how he would feel if Hamilton were to pull off this remarkable feat.
“Oh well, I’m not so emotionally attached to it now that I say, ‘Hey, Michael actually deserved to hold the record,’” the German said.
“Lewis deserves it too and if he manages to do that, then good. I see it more and more as he was really damn fast, and I can be all the more proud that I beat him with the same car back then (in 2016).”