Villeneuve: Mercedes should have axed Rosberg
12 November, 2012
Nov.12 (GMM) Former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that Mercedes has made the wrong choice in pairing Lewis Hamilton with Nico Rosberg next year, and says that his great rival Michael Schumacher should have been retained by the team.
The 1997 world champion does not, however, question the German marque’s decision to poach Hamilton from McLaren.
Instead, Villeneuve wonders about the exit of his former title nemesis.
“Why is he stopping?” the 41-year-old asked Switzerland’s Motorsport Aktuell.
“I don’t understand. Hamilton-Schumacher would be much better than what they do have for next year,” the outspoken Villeneuve insisted.
But German Rosberg insists that he is “very happy” with how he has compared against the great Schumacher since 2010, even though the pairing have been more closely matched this season.
“It’s true that Michael has had bad luck, but so have I,” Rosberg told Germany’s Auto Bild.
And in their qualifying head-to-head in 2012, Schumacher and Rosberg have been very evenly matched.
“As far as qualifying is concerned, there is nothing special to say about it,” Rosberg insisted.
“For three years I have had the upper hand, which is more than I had expected at the beginning. I am very happy with it,” he added.
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