“No Loss of Image”: Berger Explains Why Rosberg was a Tougher Rival Than Verstappen for Hamilton

Published 06/14/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
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)


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are undoubtedly each other’s fiercest rivals. However, former F1 driver, Gerhard Berger feels Lewis can have some breathing space, as Verstappen is on a different team, unlike his rivalry with Nico Rosberg where both were driving for Mercedes.

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Lewis is on the back foot this season, as he has lost the lead in the championship to Verstappen. There is a 4 point gap that Hamilton is hoping to close as the season progresses.

Lewis Hamilton shouldn’t have to worry against Max as he did against Nico

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Speaking to Sport1.de, Berger said, “It’s a lot easier for Lewis to race against Max. Because it always has your back a little bit when your rival is in another car. It’s all about whether you can finish before him.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea

If not, you have no loss of image. Because the other person may have the better car. But if you are beaten by a Nico Rosberg in the same team, then that borders on an insult,” Berger explained. (Translated from German via Google)

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Max vs Lewis, How is the 2021 season so far?

The battle for the 2021 championship has been intense. So far, Mercedes’ 44 driver has won three out of the six races, while title-rival Max has only won two. However, it is the Dutchman who holds the lead in the championship, looking to claim his maiden world championship.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

The seventh round of the championship takes us to Paul Ricard for the French GP. The seven-time world champion will hope to regain the lead in the title race and keep the Red Bull prodigy in his rearview mirrors.

The only question that remains is whether Hamilton can take the fight to Verstappen and get his hands on the eighth title of his F1 career? We will just have to wait for the upcoming weekend to find out.

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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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