|Born||June 27, 1985||Nationality||German|
|Team||Mercedes||F1 Debut||Bahrain 2006|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||1||Fastest Lap(s)||4|
The question isn’t meant to imply the 27-year-old German should leave his ‘national’ team: it’s more a matter of lifting himself into the elite group of drivers whom we expect to win races, rather than resting on those Shanghai laurels.
It must be a worry to the 1982 World Champion’s son that he failed to score a single point in the final six races of 2012 and slipped to ninth overall, two places lower than in each of the last three years.
After his Shanghai pole and victory, he made only one more trip to the podium, finishing second to a masterful Mark Webber in Monaco. He failed to set a single fastest race lap.
How much of that was down to the car Mercedes placed at his disposal, and how much to the driver? It’s the old F1 conundrum, but Nico needs to ensure that any question-marks in 2013 do not hover over his head rather than the machinery.
Arriving in F1 in 2006, Rosberg now has 128 races under his belt but just that one win to show for all that competitive experience. He has all the Grand Prix driver’s attributes: speed, urbane self-confidence, style.
He also has a blindingly quick teammate, one at the height of his powers rather than a Schumacher on the wane: comparisons could be odious.