Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg: Who was the Better Driver Last Season

Giancarlo Perlas January 23, 2014

nico rosberg vs lewis hamilton

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are probably the best team line-up that Formula 1 has to offer. To prove that, the tandem were very instrumental in putting Mercedes-Benz in the second place of the overall team rankings of F1.

Despite sharing the same team and being considered as actually good friends, people can’t help but compare the two. The question about who is the better driver gets thrown out a lot by pundits and a subject of debate to many fans.

While it is already given that Hamilton bested Rosberg in terms of points in the 2013 F1 Drivers’ Rankings, their difference is only mere 18 points (Hamilton scored 189 points while Rosberg got 171 points) which many find very insignificant because of the very close gap.

An article from Bleacher Report gives out the factors that let the one driver stand out from the other. Here are the strong points mentioned by the report:

Hamilton is a Better Performer in the Qualifying

In terms of one lap pace, Mercedes is virtually unbeatable said the post. After the Belgian GP, Hamilton has beaten Rosberg 8 to 3. But it should be noted that the German has outclassed the Briton at the end of the season by beating him 5 to 3 in the qualifying battle.

One of Hamilton’s strength is in the qualifying so it came as a surprise that his teammate has nearly beaten him to it.

Rosberg is More Consistent in Terms of Performance

After being forced to retire in two of his initial four races, which enabled Hamilton to get into the podium in Malaysia GP and China GP, Rosberg came into a rebound by cutting the gap to just seven points after Silverstone by capping strong victories in Monaco and Britain.

He would end up with another retirement though in Hungary following an engine failure after Felipe Massa struck his car while Hamilton bagged the first place in the race.

Hamilton was also able to get a podium in Belgium which would be his last in the season.

However, it should be recalled that in the last seven races of the season, Rosberg outperformed Hamilton 5 to 2 which included podiums in India and Abu Dhabi.

Rosberg has a Cooler Head During Pressure

Hamilton is no doubt the more outspoken between the two Mercedes drivers. However, he was also known to lose his cool on separate occasions.

In Italy, he delivered a post-match comment wherein he said that he “drove like an idiot”. Another documented instance was in the US when he spat some angry words to the rest of the Mercedes technical crew out of irritation due to their frequent warnings about his tyres. He reportedly barked at them to “let him focus” but later he complained that he was not given enough feedback when things did not go his way during the event.

So far, there were no recounted events wherein Rosberg got into a mix-up with the technical crew said the post. Even if he failed to finish in three occasions, he always let his rationality run its course and never blamed anyone about his unfortunate races.


In the points battle, Hamilton has definitely beaten Rosberg. However, I partly agree to the claims of the report.

The report has certainly mentioned strong points that are worth pondering about. So, overall, Rosberg may certainly well be a more rounded and more consistent driver in the team.

How about you? Do you agree to this? Let us know your thoughts by posting them in our comments section.

Comments (2)

  1. ‘When he is not out running red lights’ what a nob. Stupid article. Hamilton won the year in a new team, period. Why continue to find faults in his character or driving.

  2. Hamilton speaking his mind and being critical of his performance means he lost his cool? Did he swear on camera like mark webber often does? Did he show his temper was uncontrolled? It was just a statement and an honest assessment of his performance that day. Hamilton probably didnt out score rosberg truly because even though hamilton had 2 non points finishes to rosbergs 3, hamilton finished in one of the non points finishes. rosberg had 3 failures if im correct (not sure about china). so in two races rosberg could have most likely made up an average of 9 points per race (hamilton outscored rosberg by 18 points. so they would have been equal or rosberg most likely would have outscored him. however, in a car that rosberg has been instrumental in developing and has been designed around him, hamilton still showed the stronger qualifying performance. races seem to fall slightly towards hamilton’s 5 podiums to rosbergs 4. hamilton seemed to be the more impressive performer in a car that didnt seem to have quite the race pace as other cars like the red bull. for hamilton to come in to a team with a car that was designed around rosberg and schumacher’s input and to match rosberg or arguably slightly better him is a testament to hamilton’s ability, at least compared to rosberg. what more rounded do you want from hamilton? two huge errors from lewis’ team (china on the team’s terrible strategy call and brazil where the car failed him) removed his chance of winning his rookie season championship by 1 point. what would everyone especially you be saying about his roundedness then? he would be heralded as a talented genius had his team not withheld him from winning that rookie championship. In 2010 his team stopped him fromm winning a championship with the tire/rim failure in spain, which with those points he would’ve gained from not getting a dnf in that race he’d have at least two championships by now. hed have 3 if he hadnt been hampered by his team in 2007 as well. what would you all be saying about him had that happened? in 2012 hamilton’s car failed him on his way to many victories, those of which vettels less points and hamiltons gained points would have put him in a championship winning position. that would make him a quad world champion to vettels two.


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