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Nico Rosberg’s verdict on Lewis Hamilton’s record-equalling F1 title win

first_img Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says ex-Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton is now an all-time great after winning a record-equalling seventh world title. Lewis Hamilton reflects on his season, lockdown and his social justice campaigning after clinching his seventh F1 title. Now level with Michael Schumacher for the most championship titles in F1 history, debate over where Hamilton ranks in the list of the sport’s greatest-ever drivers has inevitably intensified.“I’m not going to say here and now one is better than the other, I think they’re there or thereabouts,” said Rosberg of comparisons between Schumacher and Hamilton.“You’d mention Schumacher, you’d mention Senna, you’d mention Fangio. I would probably filter out those four – Lewis, Senna, Fangio and Schumacher. Who’s the best? It’s just impossible to say but equally in their own way they’ve all been just unbelievable.” Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says ex-Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton is now an all-time great after winning a record-equalling seventh world title. Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton’s winning seven Formula 1 world titles should rank alongside the greatest sporting achievements in history.And the Sky Sports F1 pundit has warned that Hamilton’s assertion that he still feels as though he is “only just getting started” should be a cause of worry for the rest of the F1 field.Rosberg, who was a team-mate and fierce title rival to Hamilton across four seasons at Mercedes, praised the British driver’s latest milestone during an appearance on Sky Sports News.“No one would have ever thought that Michael Schumacher’s titles would be equalled or broken, and yet now he’s there,” said Rosberg, the last driver to beat Hamilton to the world title in 2016.“I think it’s not only one of the best and successful Formula 1 achievements but it’s one of the greatest achievements in sporting history as a whole.” – Advertisement – 2:56 The 2016 world champion and Sky F1 pundit hails his former team-mate’s success – and says it stands alongside the most remarkable achievements in any sport, ever Last Updated: 16/11/20 10:34pmcenter_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 25:49 Ted Kravitz takes a look back at the Turkish Grand Prix in which Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles. Ted Kravitz takes a look back at the Turkish Grand Prix in which Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles. Rosberg: Why rivals should be worried“To beat him you need to get everything 100 per cent perfect otherwise you have no chance.”Rosberg, a team-mate to Hamilton as teenagers in karting long before they both graduated to F1 and competed over the sport’s biggest prize, believe it is ominous for the would-be challengers to hear the newly-crowned seven-time champion already talking of seeking further success and improvement.“I think to hear that for the opposition is going to be a bit of a scary thing!” admitted Rosberg. “For the likes of Bottas or Verstappen or Vettel or whoever else is still out there, if he’s saying it’s just the beginning – my goodness, what’s he going to end up with?“I’m going to be interested to follow his decisions, what he decides to do going forward, since he hasn’t done a contract yet for next year.” 7:52 Lewis Hamilton reflects on his season, lockdown and his social justice campaigning after clinching his seventh F1 title. last_img read more

Dominic Thiem tames De Minaur; to take on Mededev in semis

first_imgNEW YORK: Second seed Dominic Thiem delivered a sublime performance to dismantle Australian Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday and canter into the semi-finals of the US Open.Thiem needed a little over two hours to record the win under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium despite being put under constant pressure by De Minaur, who is nicknamed ‘Demon’ and known for his never-say-die attitude and speedy court coverage. De Minaur advanced to the net at every opportunity to disrupt Thiem’s baseline game and while the plan worked initially the 27-year-old Austrian adjusted and started finding winners past his advancing opponent. De Minaur’s serve was vulnerable all night and Thiem, who amassed 43 winners, converted seven of his 13 breakpoint opportunities. De Minaur could take only two of the seven chances he had to break Thiem’s serve. Thiem, the highest surviving seed at Flushing Meadows, had beaten the Australian in their two previous encounters and started their third meeting on a brisk note, breaking De Minaur’s serve three consecutive times to win the opening set. De Minaur started on a more positive note in the second, winning 11 straight points on serve to lead 40-0 in the fifth game with the score tied at 2-2. However, Thiem fought his way back into the game and broke the Australian to lead 3-2, then won three straight games to take the set. The Austrian’s early lead in the third set evaporated as De Minaur rallied to level things but a second break of serve sealed the match for Thiem. Thiem will meet Russian Daniil Medvedev for a place in his fourth Grand Slam final. Daniil Medvedev continued his march towards a first Grand Slam title on Wednesday, powering into the US Open semi-finals with a clinical 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over childhood friend Andrey Rublev. The first Russian duo in the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam since Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko at Roland Garros in 2007, Medvedev showed no fear during a ruthless display that sent him through to the last four without losing a set. No player in the Open Era has won the US Open men’s title without dropping a set. With Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal missing, and top seed Novak Djokovic having been disqualified for hitting a line judge with a ball, Medvedev showed why he is now the bookmakers’ favourite to win in New York. AgenciesAlso Watch: Special Trains from September 12: Here are the Detailslast_img read more