Does anyone recall how he stacked up against Webber when they were at Williams together in 2006?
Rosberg was pretty easily beaten by Webber in 2006, with the caveat that it was Rosberg’s debut season and the Cosworth was pretty unreliable.
Hamilton will outscore Rosberg, because he has superior talent. Brawn and Haug will support him, which should be good for his mental state, but on the other hand he can become pretty frustrated, if Mercedes is not competitive. Bad or good car, Hamilton will shine
Hamilton’s ability to deal with a sub-standard car will be interesting (assuming Merc are true to form in 2013). Hamilton’s performances in 2009 were pretty interesting, from the drive from back of the grid to the (later DSQ) podium in Australia compared to “We should park the car and save the gearbox”/”It feels like I’m driving a freekin boat out here” Hamilton of Turkey.
The MP4-24 was developed pretty quickly so we didn’t get to see much more of Hamilton dealing with a poor car.
Apart from Malaysia, where Perez eventually cracked under the pressure
As was explained here by Kieth and in other areas Perez was hurt far more by Sauber’s conservative strategy than his minor error or running wide.
For myself I see all four drivers being reasonably equal in terms of pace.
Perez will take a few races to get settled in at McLaren, and from there I expect him to be around Button’s pace. With less difference in driving styles at McLaren it will be interesting to see how Perez performs relative to Button when everything is to his (Button’s) liking.
Hamilton vs Rosberg is the interesting one and while I expect Hamilton can probably drag a pole lap out slightly faster than Rosberg I’m keen to see how Rosberg stacks up.
We’re still more than 6 months from Melbourne 2013, but I’m already excited!