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Lewis Hamilton

Why Rosberg is still backing Hamilton in F1 title fight

Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton's experience will help him beat Max Verstappen in the battle for the 2021 F1 World Championship.

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Although Max Verstappen currently sits atop the F1 Drivers' standings, Nico Rosberg still believes Lewis Hamilton will take this year's World Championship.

With just five races left in the 2021 F1 season, Verstappen holds a 12-point advantage over Hamilton ahead of this weekend's Mexico City Grand Prix, thanks in part to his victory last time out in Austin.

Rosberg, who was the last driver to beat Hamilton to the title in 2016, reckons his former teammate will retain his crown given he's no stranger to title fights.

"It's exciting as ever, it's unbelievable," Rosberg told Sky News. "You have the two best of their generations going head-to-head and Verstappen is really in unbelievable form at the moment.

"But somehow I just think that Lewis, with his experience, is still going to pull it his way at the very end.

"Lewis has done this before, he's already won seven titles, he's been in a title fight towards the end of the season nine or 10 times."

As for Verstappen, Rosberg thinks the pressure is on the Dutchman given there's no guarantee he'll be fighting for the title next season when F1 enters a new era with overhauled regulations.

"For Max, it's the first time ever and that is such an extreme situation to be in," Rosberg added.

"It's your dream that's at stake, to be Formula 1 World Champion. You don't really know if you'll ever have another chance; with the regulations changing next year, you don't know if the Red Bull is still going to be a fast car.

"So there's a lot at stake and really the pressure is on Max to deal with this, being new to this kind of situation."

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