Formula 1 legend Stirling Moss does not believe that Nico Rosberg will ever beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the drivers’ championship so long as they are in the same car.
Moss raced for the German marque during its first stint in F1 back in 1955, racing as the teammate to five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
Although the Briton never won the drivers’ title in F1, he did finish second on four occasions and third a further three times, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers never to enjoy a championship victory.
Moss has recently spent some time with Hamilton, the defending world champion, driving his old Mercedes car as part of the launch for the annual Mille Miglia race in Italy.
Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, the 85-year-old said that he believes Hamilton will win the world title once again in 2015, and doubts Rosberg will ever get the better of him.
“I think he probably will,” Moss said. “He’s got the right engine. You’ve got to have a Mercedes to win. He’s got that, he’s got the skill.
“He has a lot of experience. He’s been around quite a while now. I don’t think Nico will ever beat him, actually.”
Rosberg did run Hamilton close for the drivers’ title in 2014, leading for most of the season before suffering a late-season dip in form, leaving him 67 points behind his teammate in the final standings.
Despite trying to regain focus over the winter, the German is yet to beat Hamilton in either qualifying or the race in 2015, leaving him with a 0-4 record in the intra-team battle.
Rosberg’s next opportunity to end his losing streak will come at next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, where he finished in second place to Hamilton in 2014.