Would Nico Rosberg Make a Deserving Formula 1 Champion in 2016?

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Published: October 24, 2016

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Back in 2014, there was a worry that, assisted by the ridiculous double-points rule, Nico Rosberg could win the Formula One title despite being overshadowed for most of the season by his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton.

Indeed, for most of their Mercedes tenure—and even before that—Hamilton has been the better driver. As NBC's Will Buxton pointed out during the broadcast of Sunday's United States Grand Prix, Rosberg has never beaten the Briton over the course of a full season, dating back to their karting days.

Now, though, it looks increasingly likely that Rosberg will beat Hamilton this year and claim his first F1 drivers' title.

The question then becomes: Would Rosberg be a worthy champion, or has he backed into the title thanks to Hamilton's myriad car problems?

Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle asked Hamilton that exact question on Saturday night, after qualifying in Austin, Texas, in an interview that was broadcast during Sunday's pre-race show.

"I mean, he's done the job with what he has," Hamilton replied, tripping over himself to remain diplomatic. "Obviously he's not had any reliability problems. He's had one DNF, when we crashed [in Spain]. Otherwise, he's had a great run of reliability, and he's done the job with it."



And there is the rub. Hamilton is the better driver, as his career statistics attest, but there is much more to grand prix racing than being the best driver. If that was all that mattered, would Sebastian Vettel have beaten Fernando Alonso in 2012? Would Keke Rosberg or James Hunt or Phil Hill be world champions?

They are all good drivers—great, even—but were they the best drivers the years they won their titles? Maybe. But they also benefited from having the best cars and/or some misfortune that befell a rival.

In F1, sometimes you win because you are the most skilled driver, sometimes b...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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