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Monday, 11 March 2019

Former teammate's surprise Schumacher admission


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Lewis Hamilton has “more natural talent” than Michael Schumacher, says the only man who spent time as a teammate to the two most successful drivers in Formula One history.

Nico Rosberg partnered Schumacher for three seasons and spent four years as teammate to Hamilton, giving him a unique vantage point from which to compare the two legends.

The pair have won more F1 races than any other driver, with Schumacher standing on the top step of the podium on 91 occasions, while Hamilton has won 73 times.

Schumacher’s mark of seven world titles, which once looked untouchable, is within range of Hamilton, who has won four of the last five championships and five overall.

Michael Schumacher

Rosberg, who retired after winning the 2016 world championship, says Schumacher had to work harder than Hamilton.

“Lewis probably has a bit more natural talent than Michael, Lewis has one of the greatest natural talents our sport has ever seen, so he makes the difference,” Rosberg told Auto Motor und Sport.

“In terms of work ethic, Schumacher was something else.

“Things come very easily to Lewis naturally. Instinct, natural talent. Michael was the complete package.”

Rosberg joined Mercedes in 2010, where he was joined by Schumacher, who was returning to the sport after three years in retirement.

It was a prospect that struck fear into the younger German, who was more comfortable going up against Hamilton, who he’d known for many years.

“The first thought with Michael Schumacher? A little bit scared. Can I even compete?” Rosberg said.

“Michael was a warrior. Every day after getting up, he would think: How do I make my teammate small?

“When I finally got the better of Michael, then came Lewis. At least I knew him from go-karts. He was not as alien to me as Michael.”

Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton

Rosberg’s comments about Schumacher’s intensity are backed up by the man who headed the Mercedes sports car team in the 1980s and 1990s, Jochen Neerpasch.

It was Neerpasch who oversaw Schumacher’s development in the years immediately prior to his Formula One debut in 1991.

“He was like a baby,” Neerpasch told Motorsport magazine in 2005.

“By that I mean he had a baby's ability to learn. He learnt in one year what other people learn in three or four years, and not only technically.

“We realised that he was much more than a very good driver, that he was something outstanding.”

Lewis Hamilton has “more natural talent” than Michael Schumacher, says the only man who spent time as a teammate to the two most successful drivers in Formula One history.

Nico Rosberg partnered Schumacher for three seasons and spent four years as teammate to Hamilton, giving him a unique vantage point from which to compare the two legends.

The pair have won more F1 races than any other driver, with Schumacher standing on the top step of the podium on 91 occasions, while Hamilton has won 73 times.

Schumacher’s mark of seven world titles, which once looked untouchable, is within range of Hamilton, who has won four of the last five championships and five overall.

Michael Schumacher

Rosberg, who retired after winning the 2016 world championship, says Schumacher had to work harder than Hamilton.

“Lewis probably has a bit more natural talent than Michael, Lewis has one of the greatest natural talents our sport has ever seen, so he makes the difference,” Rosberg told Auto Motor und Sport.

“In terms of work ethic, Schumacher was something else.

“Things come very easily to Lewis naturally. Instinct, natural talent. Michael was the complete package.”

Rosberg joined Mercedes in 2010, where he was joined by Schumacher, who was returning to the sport after three years in retirement.

It was a prospect that struck fear into the younger German, who was more comfortable going up against Hamilton, who he’d known for many years.

“The first thought with Michael Schumacher? A little bit scared. Can I even compete?” Rosberg said.

“Michael was a warrior. Every day after getting up, he would think: How do I make my teammate small?

“When I finally got the better of Michael, then came Lewis. At least I knew him from go-karts. He was not as alien to me as Michael.”

Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton

Rosberg’s comments about Schumacher’s intensity are backed up by the man who headed the Mercedes sports car team in the 1980s and 1990s, Jochen Neerpasch.

It was Neerpasch who oversaw Schumacher’s development in the years immediately prior to his Formula One debut in 1991.

“He was like a baby,” Neerpasch told Motorsport magazine in 2005.

“By that I mean he had a baby's ability to learn. He learnt in one year what other people learn in three or four years, and not only technically.

“We realised that he was much more than a very good driver, that he was something outstanding.”

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