Rosberg Makes a Grim Prediction for Lewis Hamilton at Dutch F1 Grand Prix

Published 09/02/2021, 7:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has never been this intense as the title contenders prepare for the Dutch Grand Prix – Verstappen’s home race. Nico Rosberg thinks that the environment at Zandvoort will be hostile towards Hamilton.

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Ever since the two crashed at Silverstone, the Formula One community has been divided. The 7-times world champion has been booed several times since that incident, and hence, the 2016 world champion in Nico Rosberg thinks Hamilton will be booed this weekend, especially since it’s Verstappen‘s home Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton should be prepared for the boos at Zandvoort states Rosberg

The Mercedes driver has had his shares of haters before. However, ever since his crash with Max at the British Grand Prix, that vitriol towards him has grown. As he prepares for the Dutch Grand Prix, his former teammate, Rosberg thinks the booing will be present this weekend.

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)

Speaking on what lies ahead, he said, “The fans will be against Lewis. and I expect a lot of boos, even if it’s not good for sports. In any case, we already know that it can happen.” [h/t Formula Passion]

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Can Verstappen take the lead in the title race at Zandvoort?

After winning the odd race last weekend at Spa, which gave half points, the gap between Lewis & Max has fallen down to three. Hence, it is no surprise that Verstappen would aim to win the race, and what better way to do it than in front of his home crowd.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

However, after tasting defeat, Hamilton is also looking to bounce back but is well aware of the threat Verstappen possesses. He hopes to keep the Red Bull prodigy at bay, and further extend his lead in the championship.

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Who do you think will come out on top this weekend at Zandvoort? Will it be the Mercedes driver or his arch-rival? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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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