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Berger: If Rosberg beats Schumacher, he'll be 'a superstar'

Most observers might not offer him much hope of doing so, but should Nico Rosberg succeed in getting the better of Mercedes Grand Prix team-mate Michael Schumacher in F1 2010, asserts Gerhard Berger, he will be hailed 'a superstar'
If Nico Rosberg succeeds in getting the better of incoming Mercedes Grand Prix team-mate Michael Schumacher in F1 2010, his career will be made and he will be regarded as 'a superstar', opines ten-time grand prix-winner Gerhard Berger.

Although ex-Williams F1 ace Rosberg has asserted that his primary goal is always to beat any of his team-mates [see separate story – click here], on paper at least, the odds appear impossibly stacked against him. Whilst Schumacher has to his name seven drivers' world championship titles, 91 grand prix victories, 154 podium finishes and a staggering 1,369 points from 16 prior seasons of top flight competition, his younger compatriot can boast just 75.5 points and a brace of rostrums from his own first four – decidedly more modest – campaigns at the highest level. Daunting, or what?

However, the seemingly thankless task might not be quite as beyond reach as some have suggested, given that not only is Schumacher returning to F1 following a three-year absence from full-time competition, but moreover he has only recently got over a recurring neck injury that prevented him from coming back last summer to substitute former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in the wake of the Brazilian's life-threatening Hungaroring qualifying accident. Either way, should Rosberg get the job done and see 'Schumi' off, Berger contends, his reputation will be cemented.

“For Rosberg it would just be a big achievement to hold his own against (Schumacher),” the 50-year-old former Scuderia Toro Rosso co-owner told German publication Auto Motor und Sport. “It is not possible for him to make up for Michael's advantage in terms of experience, political ability and confidence at the first attempt.

“Michael knows how to build the team around him – and now he has his old partner Ross Brawn at his side again. If Nico can beat him anyway, he would be a superstar.”

Rosberg and Schumacher will both be amongst the drivers in attendance at the first pre-season 2010 test at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia at the beginning of February.

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January 07, 2010 6:06 PM

the odds will be stacked against him, schumacher has shown in the past, the ability to make his car go faster than his team mates, that will be the first hurdle nico has to get over, then even if he manages that job, he then has to be able to do that for 90+ minutes in a race knowing that schumacher will probably be lurking behind him waiting to pounce on any mistake. barrichello who being the eternal optimist always seemed to believe he could beat schumacher has gone on record as saying that to matching schumachers speed was one thing, but matching his intensity was a whole different ball game. that is what nico will need, all the drivers are pretty fast, but not all of them have the mindset.


January 08, 2010 7:02 AM
Last Edited 399 days ago

If Rosberg beats him it will be because Schumacher is over the hill, not because Rosberg is some kind of driving god. Nico is in a no win scenario.. which is probably what it will be anyway.. no wins :p

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