Wizzie wrote: redbulljack14 wrote:
eurobrun wrote:If Di Resta replaces Schumacher at Mercedes for 2013 then Rosberg would convincingly win the team battle.
Of course that's true. Hulkenberg has been getting the better of Di Resta for the last 4 consecutive races. Rosberg is definitely a step up from Hulk.
It might actually do Rosberg's career good to convincingly beat another teammate.
Rosberg's still an enigma to me as I still can't figure out if he'll go on to great things or if he's just a Type-1 sufferer of Fisichellitis. I guess only time will tell...
Rosberg's career has been kind of weird so far - he has tended to go through phases when he has been quite successful and put in some surprisingly strong performances, only to later drop back into utter anonymity and be surprisingly underwhelming.
We saw it at Williams, where he was able to pick up two podiums for them in 2008 and came close to the podium several times in 2009, but at the same time he also botched a couple of chances to be on the podium for Williams (such as overcooking his exit in the 2009 Singapore GP when he was running in a pretty secure 2nd place), or the relatively poor race he had in the 2010 Spanish GP where Schumacher had the measure of him throughout the weekend.
Back in 2010, there was a period in which Rosberg was, briefly, as high as second in the WDC, although it promptly went pear shaped after that poor race in Spain that saw him finished out of the points; similarly, there was a period this year when Rosberg was the most consistent and highest points scorer (up until the European GP, I believe), but since then he has only scored two points (only some of which can be attributed to a decline in the performance of Mercedes, given that Schumacher has taken two 7th place finishes and 12 points in the same period).
All in all, he is a frustrating driver at times - his race victory in China was every inch the perfect drive, since he relied on clever tyre management and put in a very measures, mature drive, whilst some of his other races have been fairly poor and seen him beaten thoroughly by Schumacher. With Mercedes consistently being moderately competitive but never quite at the front, we've never really seen whether Rosberg could lead a team to a WDC - unless Mercedes can turn the W04 into a real WDC contender or Rosberg goes to a more competitive team, I guess that we'll never get a definite answer.