Nico 'gladly accepts Lewis challenge'

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Share:

Nico 'gladly accepts Lewis challenge'

Nico 'gladly accepts Lewis challenge'

Nico Rosberg insists he is looking forward to the team-mate battle with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year.

The German will team up with long-time karting friend Hamilton at the Brackley-based squad after the latter decided to leave McLaren.

There have been speculation that Hamilton would get the number one status at Merc, but team principal Ross Brawn has already dismissed the reports while Rosberg is ready for any challenge that comes his way.

"No, absolutely not," he told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

"I know the situation. For three years I had Michael, one of the fastest in the world, with me. I have always been comfortable with that.

"Lewis coming here is a challenge and I gladly accept. Lewis is one of the best drivers at the moment but I believe I can measure up."

As for claims in the press that Hamilton joined Mercedes with the belief that he would be given number one status at the team, Rosberg - and previously Ross Brawn - denied this.

"I have it written in my contract that I will always have the same opportunities as my team-mate - no matter who that is."

Pressed as to whether he had concerns about his relationship with Hamilton ending up like the Brit's with Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2007, Rosberg said: "Both of us are smart enough that it won't degenerate."

Asked if he felt any "pity" for Schumacher given that he has lost his race-seat, Rosberg said with a laugh: "No, sorry I don't.

"He was unsure whether he wanted to continue so Mercedes were forced to choose. Michael has already said himself that he's not unhappy."

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...