For a third consecutive season, Nico Rosberg was beaten by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Can Rosberg go for another season where he is beaten?
Mercedes, the most dominant team in formula one right now have two drivers battling it out for this season, a third time for the championship. But one driver is proving more difficult to beat.
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 after leaving McLaren where he won the title in 2008. Hamilton and Rosberg, knew each other from karting and competed in the ranks on the way to formula one. That year and Hamilton bet Rosberg by 18 points in the final standings.
In 2014, the rules changed and Mercedes had the advantage in both championships. The relationship began to deteriorate and that showed at the Belgian grand prix where both drivers touched and made contact. Hamilton retired and Rosberg went onto finish 2nd. Another major point during the season was the qualifying for the Monaco grand prix. Rosberg, on his final run, locked up and went wide causing yellow flags and prevented Hamilton to go any faster. Rosberg then went onto win. Rosberg took more pole positions than Hamilton but fared less in races where he was beaten too easily by Hamilton. Hamilton went onto win his 2nd championship at the final round at Abu Dhabi with Rosberg, having an ERS failure was helpless to attack and challenge Hamilton for the title.
2015 was a different story to 2014. Rosberg did not start off the way he wanted to and only took his first pole position and win at round 5 at the Spanish grand prix. By this time Hamilton was in the lead and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had already won in Malaysia. Rosberg then won in Monaco when Mercedes called Hamilton in for a pit stop when it wasn’t needed. Rosberg then won in Austria and only trailed Hamilton by 10 points. Rosberg’s championship challenge took another hit where his engine gave up at the Italian grand prix and now he was 53 points behind Hamilton. A throttle failure at the Russian grand prix saw Rosberg retire and he was now 73 points behind Hamilton and he was overtaking by Vettel in the standings. Rosberg qualified on pole position for the American grand prix but lost the lead to Hamilton near the end and Hamilton went onto win and he took his third championship. Rosberg then went onto win the last three races of the season, could this have been the start of the 2016 championship challenge?
We certainly hope so. Rosberg is running out of time to beat Hamilton and the developing Ferrari. This might be the last big push if Rosberg wants to win a world championship!
From Rosberg’s point of view, Hamilton is beatable in qualifying and in races but not the drivers championship. Rosberg lost out to Hamilton in the championship battle twice in 2014 and in 2015.
Can Rosberg finally beat Hamilton in the Mercedes battle and win his first world championship. All will be revealed at the Australian grand prix on the 20th of March.