Just to provide a potted history of his F1 career to date and especially pre 2010. Nico made an immediate impact as an F1 driver when on debut he was immediately quick, setting the fastest lap at his first GP. He qualified 3rd at the next GP which also raised eyebrows. His teammate Webber eventually got the better of him as the team's performances fell off the chart. My feeling at the time was that it is always easier for an experienced F1 driver to work around the problems of a rubbish car than it is for a rookie. It has forever grated with me that people wanting to denigrate Rosberg's claim to real ability used the statement "Webber destroyed Rosberg at Williams". The fact that Webber scored 7 points, Rosberg 4 point in 2006 points to the fact that the season was a disaster for Williams, not Rosberg. It was their worst season since entering the sport in the 70s and only 3 years after being a competitive 2nd in the WCC.
2007 with the change to Toyota power Williams had another 3 poor seasons where Rosberg collected almost all the team's points, highlights being a 2nd and 3rd in a season which Williams finished a hopeless 8th in the WCC. Teammate Nakajima scored few points while Rosberg on occasions looked competitive before falling foul of poor tactics or rotten luck. 2009 was even worse and rumours of Nico being wooed by McLaren highlighted the fact that he was rated by those in pitlane.
Rosberg's departure to and time at Mercedes from 2010 - 12 with Schumacher as teammate i don't need to go into other than to say that to all but the most avoid Schumacher fans Nico was dominant. Michael's absence from the sport and age called into question whether this represented any kind of yardstick to measure Nico by. From Webber to Wurz to Nakajima to Schumacher how could Nico handle the brilliance and speed of Lewis Hamilton as a teammate?
So to conclude this career recap (and I have deliberately ignored pre F1 as other classes can give very poor indicators) I look to 2013 to be the year that we can truly assess the ability of Nico Rosberg son of 1982 WDC Keke Rosberg. I have to admit to being more than a little surprised my Nico's performances against Lewis especially raw speed and qualifying as I rated Hamilton the fastest of the era in these areas. With some great performances alongside teammate Lewis Hamilton, how do you now rate Nico in a career that started in 2006 with a bang, even if a small one, fizzled, and then came back to light?
Edited by Muz Bee, 03 June 2013 - 02:14.