Mark Webber has sympathized with Nico Rosberg’s current struggle in Formula 1 as the German driver continues to lose ground on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship.
Rosberg (pictured with Webber in 2013) retired from last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix with three laps remaining, which combined with Hamilton’s victory saw the gap at the top of the standings swell to 53 points.
With seven races remaining in the 2015 season, Rosberg is facing an increasingly difficult task to claw his way back into contention and deny his teammate a third championship.
However, he is not alone in his struggle. Webber came close to winning the drivers’ title with Red Bull back in 2010, only to lose out to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the final race of the year.
The Australian struggled to put up any kind of fight in 2011, winning just a single race as Vettel romped to his second world title.
Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, Webber sympathized with Rosberg, saying that picking yourself up after a near-miss was a big challenge.
“The year after is probably the hardest,” Webber said. “In my personal opinion it was.
“Lewis is completely on fire at the moment with how the cars are now and next year is going to be a tall order for Nico to get the high ground.
“Lewis is going to finish the end of the year as a three-times world champion and then it’s in his court to keep that drive and hunger going.”