Sebastian Vettel is more devoted to racing than his main rival Lewis Hamilton, says former Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.
Roberg beat Hamilton once in his 10-year Formula 1 career whereas the British driver took home three world titles in the same period. The German quit the sport the same year he won the title.
Vettel came closer to beating Hamilton in 2018 than ever before since the start of the turbo hybrid era. But due to a number of driver and team errors, his chances faded away towards the end of the season.
Rosberg appreciated how much effort Vettel puts into his tradecraft, working tirelessly with his engineers and owning his mistakes and still putting in his 100% every time. In contrast, he believes Hamilton is not as dedicated to the sport.
Speaking to Autosprint, he said: “Vettel is superior in terms of dedication to work; he works closely with the engineers.
“It is a devotion that Hamilton does not have.
“I do not know exactly what happened to him [Vettel] but this is a sport, sometimes it seems everything is going in the right direction, then you just need one mistake to bring you down, you lose confidence and everything goes wrong.
“The same thing happened to me against Hamilton in 2015. With Lewis, I needed to change my attitude, I decided that I had to be the one to lead the game.
“Lewis always tends to impose his rules, but I took control so as not to allow him to find the motivation. And I won.”
The former F1 driver highlighted the importance of taking Charles Leclerc seriously and said Vettel needs to be perfect to beat the rookie.
“Vettel will have to beware because Leclerc is very strong and he will no longer have the comfort zone of Raikkonen,” Rosberg explained.
“Now it will be different, Seb will have to be perfect if he wants to win.”