Nico Rosberg believes the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go down as among the finest ever in Formulation 1 historical past.
The rivalry has been brewing for someday and got here to a head on Sunday at Silverstone when a collision between the pair despatched Verstappen into the barrier at 180mph.
Hamilton went on to win the British Grand Prix, closing the hole on Verstappen
Purple Bull staff boss Christian Horner slammed Hamilton for his actions with the seven-time champion occurring to win the race.
Damon Hill in contrast the rivalry to that of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost and is being lapped up by followers.
2016 World Champion Rosberg thinks it’s nice for the game and in contrast it to his personal rivalry with Hamilton.
Chatting with talkSPORT.com forward of the launch of Heineken’s Greener Bar, he stated: “I believe it would go down as a type of nice rivalries. It jogs my memory of my rivalry with Lewis as effectively within the depth.
“It’ll go down as one of many greats as a result of Lewis is one of the best of all time and Max is the star of the following era.
“It is going to be a good looking battle.
Verstappen at the moment leads the Drivers Championship
“The cool half is that you just don’t know who’s going to win the following race or win the championship. That’s why we’re all going to be glued to our televisions.
“It’s going to be so intense, particularly after what occurred at Silverstone. The depth is ramped up.”
On the incident at Silverstone, Rosberg added: “The entire lap they have been going to absolutely the restrict. It’s so necessary to come back out of the primary lap first and you’ll actually solidify your win.
“They have been giving every part, on the sting, and it was only a racing incident.
“When you’re on the restrict like that, a contact goes to occur in some unspecified time in the future.
Rosberg shared his personal rivalry with Hamilton
“So long as we then noticed Max was unhurt, past that it has been thrilling to observe as a fan.
“It was huge affect, so your first thought is just not about leisure, however ensuring they’re okay, initially, after which take into consideration leisure after.
“As soon as he was okay and acquired the all clear within the night, then you possibly can return and admire the season we’re having, the depth.
“Following on social media, you may have these two camps, camp Hamilton and camp Verstappen and there’s a huge battle occurring.
“After all, the racism is simply disgusting and there’s no place for that.
Verstappen slammed into the obstacles at Silverstone at 180mph
“I want folks may perceive the facility they’ve after they write one thing like that, it’s actually hurtful.
“Individuals simply don’t perceive how hurtful they’re being, folks should cease, however past that it’s a improbable battle.”
Rosberg retired after beating teammate and rival Hamilton to the World Championship in 2016 and was the final man to win the title.
The 35-year-old is now a sustainability entrepreneur and is an investor within the all-electric racing sequence Formulation E.
On his retirement, he stated: “I’m having fun with it very a lot as an entrepreneur targeted on sustainability. Actually contributing to society, to associates, household and different folks.
“This feels very fulfilling.
“An instance can be my racing staff in Excessive E, which is all about profitable but in addition contributing.
“We planted a million mangroves within the final race and raised consciousness for the threats we face because of local weather change.”
When requested if he missed F1, he added: “Sure after all, significantly the profitable. It’s such an excessive emotional excessive and that’s one thing I’ll endlessly miss, these moments of celebrations with the chums, household, followers, staff – it’s stunning.”