Nico Rosberg says his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton has some weaknesses, but also emphasized that he is almost unbeatable on his day.
Rosberg and Hamilton were team-mates in Mercedes for four years and for three consecutive years had the exclusive fight for the championship. German managed to beat Hamilton in his third attempt to win the championship with four consecutive second places at the end of the season.
The 2016 World Champion says that to beat Lewis Hamilton, it is necessary to have a perfect season.
“When Lewis has a good weekend, he’s almost unbeatable,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1.
“He’s incredibly fast and maybe the best driver. The only way to beat Lewis is to be 100% in everything, to have a perfect season.”
“Otherwise you do not have a chance.”
Rosberg has discovered some of his weaknesses in four years with Hamilton – the weekends when he is not at 100%. In that case, it is necessary to exploit that as much as possible and keep him down as long as possible.
“The weakness Lewis has is a bit of inconsistency,” Rosberg said.
“He has these periods when he is just not on it and if you are able to pounce in those periods and really make the most of it, you can keep him down for a while longer.”
“You have to make the most of it, absolutely. Sebastian did that very well last year.”
Bottas can be closer to Hamilton in F1 2018
Last year, Bottas finished third in the driver’s championship and was not a threat to Hamilton even though he was sometimes faster than him. He lacked the key element – consistency.
“I hope Valtteri will be even closer this year because last year he showed some really brilliant moments, but he lacked consistency.”
“I think he can, I really think this year he can be even closer and be very, very close. That’s what we want to see, we want to see a good internal fight in Mercedes.”
Especially if Mercedes has a bigger advantage than last year …