Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen rivalry will go down ‘one of the greatest in Formula 1 history’ as Nico Rosberg compares it to his battles with British great
Nico Rosberg believes the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go down as one of the best ever in Formula 1 history.
The rivalry has been brewing for sometime and came to a head on Sunday at Silverstone when a collision between the pair sent Verstappen into the barrier at 180mph.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner slammed Hamilton for his actions with the seven-time champion going on to win the race.
Damon Hill compared the rivalry to that of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost and is being lapped up by fans.
2016 World Champion Rosberg thinks it is great for the sport and compared it to his own rivalry with Hamilton.
Speaking to talkSPORT.com ahead of the launch of Heineken’s Greener Bar, he said: “I think it will go down as one of those great rivalries. It reminds me of my rivalry with Lewis as well in the intensity.
“It will go down as one of the greats because Lewis is the best of all time and Max is the star of the next generation.
“It will be a beautiful battle.
“The cool part is that you don’t know who is going to win the next race or win the championship. That’s why we are all going to be glued to our televisions.
“It is going to be so intense, especially after what happened at Silverstone. The intensity is ramped up.”
On the incident at Silverstone, Rosberg added: “The whole lap they were going to the absolute limit. It is so important to come out of the first lap first and you can really solidify your win.
“They were giving everything, on the edge, and it was just a racing incident.
“When you are on the limit like that, a touch is going to happen at some point.
“As long as we then saw Max was uninjured, beyond that it has been thrilling to watch as a fan.
“It was big impact, so your first thought is not about entertainment, but making sure they are okay, first of all, and then think about entertainment after.
“Once he was okay and got the all clear in the evening, then you can go back and appreciate the season we are having, the intensity.
“Following on social media, you have these two camps, camp Hamilton and camp Verstappen and there is a big battle going on.
“Of course, the racism is just disgusting and there is no place for that.
“I wish people could understand the power they have when they write something like that, it is really hurtful.
“People just don’t understand how hurtful they are being, people must stop, but beyond that it is a fantastic battle.”
Rosberg retired after beating teammate and rival Hamilton to the World Championship in 2016 and was the last man to win the title.
The 35-year-old is now a sustainability entrepreneur and is an investor in the all-electric racing series Formula E.
On his retirement, he said: “I’m enjoying it very much as an entrepreneur focused on sustainability. Really contributing to society, to friends, family and other people.
“This feels very fulfilling.
“An example would be my racing team in Extreme E, which is all about winning but also contributing.
“We planted one million mangroves in the last race and raised awareness for the threats we are facing as a result of climate change.”
When asked if he missed F1, he added: “Yes of course, particularly the winning. It’s such an extreme emotional high and that is something I will forever miss, those moments of celebrations with the friends, family, fans, team – it’s beautiful.”