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- Updated: October 19, 2017
Reigning Formula One champion Nico Rosberg believes that while he expects Lewis Hamilton to lift the drivers’ championship this season, the British driver can’t afford to put his foot off the gas just yet.
The pair had a testing relationship at Mercedes that was made all too public at times, but Rosberg claimed that he has been impressed with Hamilton’s season this year.
“He’s on an incredible run at the moment,” Rosberg told Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
“At the same time everything has been going wrong for Sebastian Vettel,” he added.
Rosberg claimed that Hamilton has to ensure that he maintains his consistency throughout the remaining four races.
“Lewis is showing an unbelievable consistency,” he said. “And that is so difficult to do from race to race.”
However, when asked to compare between Hamilton and Vettel, Rosberg presented an interesting point of view.
“I’d say Lewis is a little better in pure speed on a lap.
“But his weakness is his emotional ups and downs, which is where I see Sebastian with a small advantage. At such a high level, even little things play a big role.
“If something is bothering you or you’re putting energy into something else, it can throw you off. It happened to Lewis last year, when the Snapchat thing happened in the press conference and then he had the fight with the angry media.
“It’s wasted energy, especially in the decisive phase of the world championship. Anything like that can throw off your concentration.”
Regardless, Rosberg said that Hamilton would lift the title soon enough and as a neutral, was a bit disappointed that a last-minute thriller doesn’t seem to be on offer this year.
“I am neutral now,” he said. “But as a fan, what happened in Japan was very bad. Everyone wanted to see a fight until the end.
“I’m sure even Lewis would have loved to fight until the last minute, but that’s motor sport. In any case, Mercedes and Lewis still cannot sit back even now.”
Hamilton would clinch his fourth drivers’ title with victory at the US Grand Prix.