LEWIS VS NICO: ROUND THREE
Lewis Hamilton is a global superstar, while Nico Rosberg is a German-finnish motor racing star. Nico’s not as big as Lewis, so it’s beneficial to Mercedes for Lewis to win the title again – he is the greater generator of interest, which ultimately leads to people buying Mercedes products.
Nico’s great hope is that the form he showed at the end of last season can continue into the start of this one. What we need to understand is: did Lewis back off because his job was done, or did Nico suddenly find himself in a position where he was no longer under pressure to deliver?
Nico and Lewis donning boxing gloves is different to Alain Prost duelling with
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Ayrton Senna. There is an edge to Lewis, but it doesn’t come out in the same way it did with, say, Michael Schumacher. We’ve had a couple of flashes of it – in Austin, when he won the championship, he said: “It’s not easy being my team-mate,” which was interesting as that was the first time that he’d gone down that route. It was almost as though he was a big cat toying with a mouse.
It’s now starting to become crucial for Nico to prove that he can do it. I never won a world championship, but I do know what it feels like to lose a world championship to a team-mate and watch them deliver more consistently, and that’s what Nico has experienced over the past couple of years.