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Rosberg predicts fireworks between Verstappen and Leclerc

The title battle between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc has so far been without incident, but former F1 driver Nico Rosberg is expecting this to change as the season progresses.

Nico Rosberg is predicting fireworks between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc as the championship battle heats up. So far in 2022, the fight between the pair has been without any major incident, and each has spoken of the respect that they share for one another. However, after a run of difficult races, Leclerc put himself back in contention by winning the Austrian Grand Prix last time out, having overtaken Sergio Perez to return to P2 in the Drivers' standings. The Monegasque is looking to continue to close the 38-point gap to Verstappen at the top of the leaderboard, and will line up alongside his rival on the front row for the French Grand Prix.

Rosberg surprised by how clean battle has been

Rosberg admits that he is shocked at how clean the fight between Verstappen and Leclerc has been up to this point in the campaign. "Honestly, that surprises me massively, because they have gone wheel-to-wheel so much and so intensely," the 2016 World Champion told Sky Sports F1 . "That there's never even been kind of a discussion moment or anything has been a huge surprise."

Verstappen/Leclerc harmony will not last, says Rosberg

This harmony amongst the title rivals is not likely to last for the rest of 2022, according to Rosberg. "I would bet probably even my house on it!" the former F1 driver joked. "It's not going to last for the whole season. With the amount of times they go wheel-to-wheel, there must come a moment where there's going to be some wheel banging or different opinions on some kind of incident or something. "Let's see. As a fan, of course we want to see things heating up a little bit more, but I'm sure we'll get that soon."

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