The title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is still close, but Nico Rosberg believes Hamilton could be the one to win it in the end. The 2016 world champion believes the seven-time world champion could still stand on the top step of the podium again at the end of the 2021 season, despite his biggest competitor having a 12-point advantage.
The title fight is very close throughout the year, and it is obvious that it will continue in that tone during the last five races of the season. Uncertainty over the winner to win the title was also seen in Austin. Verstappen took the pole position, Hamilton took the lead at the start, but a very smart strategy and great tire management brought victory to Verstappen.
However, in addition to a slightly more significant advantage that went to the Dutchman's side of 12 points for Rosberg does not represent anything significant because he believes that his former teammate could be the one who will eventually reach the title.
"Somehow I would still lean (towards) Lewis - through experience and because otherwise he always gets it in the end," says Rosberg. "It's hard to beat him. Somehow I think he can still do it, "he added.
Cars and skills
The German says that Verstappen and Hamilton have exactly the same cars and that they are at the same level - a level where other drivers cannot follow them, and he is convinced that they will be very close in the last races.
"The cars are exactly the same, the drivers are at the same level and they are in their own league. No one can follow them. It will now be very close in the last races. A lot will happen, "said Nico Rosberg. The German knows very well what the challenge is in the fight against Hamilton for the world title, as he was the last driver to beat the seven-time world champion in 2016.
Rosberg beat his teammate by five points. He then decided to withdraw from Formula 1. Meanwhile, as things stand in 2021, Verstappen has a 12-point advantage over Hamilton, with five races left until the end of the season, while Mercedes is ahead of Red Bull in the constructors ’championship with a 23-point advantage.
Despite being defeated at the United States Grand Prix, Hamilton said it was "not over", promising to keep up the pressure. Next race weekend will be the Mexico Grand Prix, which is scheduled for November 5-7
It is this race that could be the turning point of the season and something that could decide many things. Of course, Hamilton will have an additional motive to make things better