Stewart hopes Rosberg can take title off Hamilton

Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:14am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Jackie Stewart, Britain's first and until this season only triple Formula One world champion, would like to see Germany's Nico Rosberg take the title off Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in 2016.

Rosberg faces a crucial year after finishing runner-up to Hamilton, who can become Britain's first ever four times champion, for the past two campaigns.

The German must either rise to the challenge and follow in the footsteps of father Keke, Finland's 1982 world champion, or be written off as a number two.

"It would be good if he won the title. That would be very good," Stewart, 76, told Reuters at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Rosberg.

"There is nothing to stop Rosberg winning. He is quick. We have seen him have so many pole positions. He is smoother (than Hamilton)," he added.

"Lewis is quite aggressive so therefore he has won more races because of that aggression, but sometimes that can bite you also."

Hamilton won 10 of this year's 19 races to Rosberg's six but the German came good at the end with a run of three in a row and six successive pole positions.

The challenge for Rosberg, who made his debut with Williams in 2006 and now has 14 career wins, is to show that he can also win when it matters most and not just when nothing is at stake.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) chats with three time retired world champion Jackie Stewart of Britain after Hamilton won the U.S. F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone/Files