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Former Formula One champion Nico Rosberg has claimed that genetics, mind management and being less self-enamoured than some of the other drivers all played a part in his success.
The German called time on his career at a time when many believed he was at the peak of his powers, having just outmuscled Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to his maiden title.
The fact that he spoke about genetics being a crucial element in his success is rather interesting, given the fact that his father was world champion himself in 1982.
More importantly, perhaps, is the statistic that he was only the second son of a champion to win the championship.
“I just from my dad genetically inherited a natural gift to drive racing cars,” Rosberg said.
“I’m a firm believer that genetics are quite a big part of this…I would probably say 66 percent genetics, 33 percent nurtured,” he added.
“I would go to that extreme. In our sport it’s very clear…”
Rosberg pointed to Verstappen as another example to prove his theory.
“His dad (Jos) was a successful driver too and now his son is a successful driver because it’s the genes that pass on,” he added.
Hamilton, who is the most recent champion after the title was confirmed to be his in Mexico City, doesn’t have any such lineage though.
Rosberg said many Formula One drivers had personality traits that were both a strength and weakness.
“The general Formula One driver is a big narcissist, in love with himself and he thinks he’s the best in the world and it’s always the other guy’s fault,” he said.
“That gives you a certain strength in this crazy environment where you are judged by millions of people every little moment but it’s also a weakness because you don’t question yourself as much.
“I was more on the other side, the more sensitive, less narcissistic. Questioning myself all the time, trying to improve step by step.”