Nico Rosberg Reveals the Biggest Difference Between Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher

Published 10/17/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren listens as Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany and Mercedes GP talks at the drivers press conference during previews to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 23, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, found no shortage of success in his iconic Formula 1 career. The German has several records to his name and was well known for his ability to produce fast laps and to push his car to the very limits. Whereas Lewis Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, won the last four driver’s championships on a trot and equaled the German’s record of seven championships last year at the Turkish GP.


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Now that there both champions are regularly mentioned in the same breath, Nico Rosberg, who shared the garage at Mercedes with both Michael Schumacher (three years) and Lewis Hamilton (four years) revealed the biggest difference between the two.

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What did Nico Rosberg say?

As quoted by Motorsport-Total, when asked about the difference between Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, the 2016 F1 world champion, Nico Rosberg replied: “A big difference is hard work.”

“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 still learn a bit there.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 23: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP talks to his race engineer Andrew Shovlin during practice for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 23, 2010, in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“It’s just hard work, passion … There is definitely a big difference. But ultimately this psychological war too,” concluded the former Mercedes driver. (Translated via Google Translate)

Neither Lewis Hamilton nor Michael Schumacher: Rosberg

When asked who would he prefer as a teammate, Michael Schumacher or Lewis Hamilton, the former Formula 1 driver confessed with a smile: “Neither!”

After retiring for the first time, Michael Schumacher made his comeback with Mercedes to team up with fellow compatriot Nico Rosberg. The German duo shared the same garage for three years and Rosberg outperformed his much-experience teammate.

“It was difficult with Michael because I had just won a race or had not won a race at all. It is as if the good Lord comes around the corner when Michael comes into the room,” said Nico Rosberg.


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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – 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)

On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were childhood friends. However, because of the title fight at Mercedes, their relationship disintegrated, after some on-track incidents.

“With Lewis, it was just a fight, a fight on every level, and that all the time,” told the German.


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Would Lewis Hamilton have equaled the record of Michael Schumacher if Nico Rosberg hadn’t had retired in 2016? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and hopes the former breaks Lewis Hamilton's dominance.