Rosberg can take little comfort from F1 history

Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:39am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - History suggests Nico Rosberg is a solid bet for the Formula One world championship after his dominant start to the season, but the German would be wise to ignore the statisticians and be very wary of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg's triumph in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix made him the seventh driver since 1950 to start a campaign with three straight victories.

Adding in the three he won at the tail-end of 2015, Rosberg also became the fourth ever to rack up six Formula One world championship race wins in a row.

All those who previously achieved such winning streaks went on to win the title that season.

The caveat is that 2016 has a record 21 races and Mercedes gives its drivers equal status -- and none of the drivers who enjoyed such hot streaks in the past had a team mate like Hamilton.

The Briton is a triple world champion, who has beaten Rosberg in the end of season standings every year since he arrived at Mercedes in 2013.

His 43 career grand prix victories, compared to Rosberg's 17, puts him third on the all-time list of winners behind Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost.

Rosberg is the most successful driver never to have won a title, having now overtaken Britain's Stirling Moss who was overall runner-up four times in the 1950s.   Continued...

Formula One - Chinese F1 Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - 17/4/16 - Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany sits in his car before Chinese Grand Prix. REUTERS/Pool