Nico Rosberg Admits Beating Lewis Hamilton Felt Extra Special

Published 02/15/2021, 7:02 PM EST
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)


The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is one for the history books. The duo had had fierce competition, which led to their relationship being strained. However, both of them share mutual respect and praise each other for their achievements.

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The 2016 World Champion of Formula One, Nico Rosberg has praised himself and his rival/teammate, Lewis Hamilton, for the success that the British driver has had in the world of Formula One

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton praised by his fiercest rival

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German world champion, Nico Rosberg, told Augsburger Allgemeine, ” I knew how good he was, For the outside world it is now a confirmation that he is the best of all time, even by titles.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

He added, “That I beat him in the same car gives me extra confirmation of my success.”

The race in 2016 in Abu Dhabi saw the closet fight for the championship in recent history. Even though Lewis Hamilton did win the race, Rosberg came home 2nd which saw him clear by 5 just points. Hence he has crowned the champion. Subsequently, Rosberg retired the following season as he achieved his dream.

The Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry isn’t over yet

The rival will continue even if it is away from the F1 grid. The Knight and Rosberg will fight in Extreme E, as both have newly founded teams in the competition. Rosberg Racing will face off Hamilton’s X44 in the Extreme E motorsport.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

For now, the seven-time world champion will be on the grid for the upcoming season, as he recently signed a one-year deal with the Silver Arrows. The fans would be excited to see him back on the track as he has his eyes on his 8th title, which would set a new world record.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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