Rosberg a winner among champions

Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:42pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg drew level with Damon Hill in Formula One's all-time list of race winners on Sunday and the odds are narrowing on the German matching the Briton again as the only sons of world champions to take the title.

Hill, the 1996 champion and son of late double title-holder Graham, currently stands alone with that achievement but maybe not for much longer.

Even if Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton remains the bookmakers' favorite to take his fourth title, Rosberg is increasingly fancied after retaking the championship lead with six races to go.

"While Rosberg has the advantage on paper, we think Lewis Hamilton is still favorite but only just," commented William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Malaysia, next up in two weeks' time, could swing the balance further towards the German who has won all three races since the summer break and eight -- out of 15 -- this season.

He is eight points clear of Hamilton, the first time he has led the standings since July, and reaching new levels of performance.

"I've known Nico since 2013 and that is the best Nico Rosberg I have ever seen throughout the weekend since then," declared Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. "He was just blindingly fast."

The German is already a Formula One phenomenon, holding an unwanted record that he hopes to shed -- that of the most successful driver not to win a championship.   Continued...

Formula One - F1 - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay, Singapore- 18/9/16 Mercedes' Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates winning the race . REUTERS/Jeremy Lee