F1 Gossip: Rosberg on Hamilton, Schumacher and 'the best of all time'

In the latest F1 Gossip, Rosberg wades in on the Hamilton-Schumacher GOAT debate, Melbourne’s calendar fears and a COTA treat for Ricciardo…
F1 Gossip: Rosberg on Hamilton, Schumacher and 'the best of all time'

- Nico Rosberg has given his verdict on F1’s GOAT debate by comparing seven-time world champions Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher (Independent

The 2016 F1 world champion has experience of driving alongside Schumacher and Hamilton, having been teammates with both drivers during his stint at Mercedes between 2010-2016. 

Speaking of Hamilton in a conversation with Sky, Rosberg said: “Talent-wise, he probably has to be the best of all time. And he really builds on that, that instinct is phenomenal with him.”

When asked about the difference between Hamilton and Schumacher, Rosberg added: “A big difference is diligence. Lewis hates test drives. He doesn’t like test drives. And Michael, he would drive tests every day, even though he is a seven-time world champion. But because he also knows that you can always learn a little bit there.

“He motivates the whole team and gets them behind him, knows all the names, invites them to his house for bike rides and so on, even though he is a seven-time world champion and has 800 million in his bank account or something.”

- Meanwhile, Hamilton says he “never wanted to be remembered as a racing driver”, adding: “I don't want to be remembered just for that. It's all good if people remember me being a good driver but I think my time here is really about impacting and helping people.” (BBC Radio 1Xtra

- Australia’s F1 boss fears Melbourne could be at risk of losing its slot on the calendar for good if it cannot stage the 2022 Australian Grand Prix, describing the race as “make or break” (DRIVE

- IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward believes that any driver who claims they didn’t grow up wanting to race in F1 is lying, ahead of his upcoming test for McLaren in Abu Dhabi (RACER

- Williams regards the United States Grand Prix as “a second home race” following its takeover last year by American company Dorilton Capital (RaceFans

- Daniel Ricciardo will get to demo Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 NASCAR stock car at the Circuit of the Americas at this weekend’s United States GP after winning his F1 bet with McLaren boss Zak Brown (F1.com

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