Nico Rosberg is not sharing his pit garage with the ideal teammate, according to 1996 world champion Damon Hill.
On the face of it, the 26-year-old German might be regarded as one of the fastest drivers in F1 history, having mainly outshone the great Michael Schumacher at Mercedes GP over the past two seasons. But Hill, whose own career is arguably best remembered for his duels and run-ins with seven time world champion Schumacher, doesn’t necessary think so.
Referring to Rosberg, who is yet to win an F1 race, Hill commented,: “Your career will depend on how you compare. So in a sense Nico would do better to have some comparison with a more contemporary driver because people are not sure of the pace Michael now has.”
Hill is referring to the fact that, despite blitzing the all-time record for titles and victories in his first career, Schumacher – now 43 – is yet to even stand on the podium since returning in 2010. But the 51-year-old Briton is still impressed with the German.
“It’s unbelievable he’s still going, whilst I’ve been retired for 12 years,” Hill told PA Sport. He’s an extraordinary performer who clearly loves his driving and doesn’t want to stop. I can understand that.
“But Formula One cannot carry people along if they are not doing their bit. He’s going to have to fight with everything he’s got to keep going for another year, or beyond this one.”