Has Nico Rosberg given the game away?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, Barcelona, 2007Nico Rosberg admitted he wants Lewis Hamilton to win the championship:

Personally, I hope Lewis manages to win because he deserves it. It’s fantastic for Formula One to have a three-way battle for the championship going into the last race of the season, which is not a situation that happens very often.

It’s unusual to hear one driver backing another in this way. Perhaps Rosberg is backing Hamilton because the German could take Alonso’s seat at McLaren if Hamilton wins?

If Hamilton wins the title then McLaren will have even less reason to want to keep Fernando Alonso – who has not endeared himself to them this year having repeatedly criticised the management of the team.

McLaren will keep the number one on their cars (despite being excluded from the constructors’ championship) and Alonso can head off to Renault or Ferrari (the latter seeming less likely as Felipe Massa has just re-signed until 2010).

That would leave a free space at McLaren for the talented, sponsor-friendly, fluent-in-three-languages Rosberg. Knowing Hamilton from their days as karting team mates, he may well fancy his chances of beating the Briton.

Alternatively, it might just be that the two get on and Rosberg wants his friend to win.

But like I say, it’s not as if many other drivers are lining up to say which driver deserves to win the title…

Photo: Williams F1 Media / LAT Photographic

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