Here's why you should want Nico Rosberg to win the Formula One world championship instead of Lewis Hamilton


The next two grands prix are sure to be a test of the nerves of Lewis Hamilton fans as he aims to overtake Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings to win his fourth world championship.

While Hamilton will have to fight the odds to achieve his fourth title, it will take just one error by Rosberg to open the door for the Brit.

That must be good news for Hamilton fans, yes? Well, maybe not. We reckon it's Rosberg's turn to win the title... hear us out on this one.

We like a loser, and Rosberg has never won.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2015 world championship - (Darron Cummings/AP)
(Darron Cummings/AP)

It would be a little hypocritical if, as sports fans, we reneged on our long-term commitment to supporting the underdog.

In this context Rosberg has been on a hiding to nothing for 11 years. While Hamilton had race wins sewn up in his rookie season and a world championship crown secured in his second, Rosberg had to wait until 2012 for his first victory on the track.

Furthermore, Rosberg has been toiling away at Mercedes since 2010, while Hamilton swanned in three years later and found glory almost immediately. When the German driver started reaping the benefits of Mercedes' superior car, he was edged out by Hamilton when it mattered.

Alright, Rosberg had a more obvious route into Formula One than Hamilton, but a second-placed finish for a third consecutive season would be harsh.

Formula One could get its next father and son champions.

Keke Rosberg wins the 1982 world drivers' championship - (AP)

Who doesn't love a sporting family legacy? Think Peter and Kasper Schmeichel, Chris and Stuart Broad, or Graham and Damon Hill.

The Hills are the only father/son duo to have both won the Formula One drivers' title, with Graham Hill winning the championship in 1962 and 1968, before his death in 1975. His son Damon managed to win a solitary championship in 1996 during a heated rivalry with Michael Schumacher.

Rosberg's Finnish father Keke raced for Williams and despite winning just one race during the 1982 season, a victory at the Swiss Grand Prix, he went on to win the title. Can Nico replicate his father's success?

Let's be honest, Formula One is desperate for the competition.

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton - (Ulises Ruiz Basurto/AP)
(Ulises Ruiz Basurto/AP)

Formula One is not the easiest sell. At best, it can be gripping, wheel to wheel racing, but in modern times that is so rarely the case.

Furthermore, since 2010, the sport has been dominated by two teams: Red Bull and Mercedes. Unfortunately for the fans, however, the teams never found form during the same season, and thus the competition was deprived of just that: competition.

The best the sport can currently hope for is internal rivalries, and while Hamilton v Rosberg has proved an intriguing battle, for the Brit to win a third consecutive world championship title over his colleague would probably turn viewers off.

The Ryder Cup proved an interesting comparison. Although fans of Europe weren't exactly thrilled by the United States of America's golfing triumph, they could hardly argue it didn't reinvigorate a rivalry which the tournament relies upon.

Rosberg deserves it.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg wins the Japanese Grand Prix - (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)
(Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Let's get one thing straight here: Hamilton has by no means had a bad season. Eight wins is an impressive effort, and despite two retirements, the Briton has admirably continued to do everything he can to put pressure on Rosberg.

But thus far, the German has held firm, and that's no mean feat. Despite Hamilton's improved form, Rosberg has kept the three-time world champion at arm's length over the past two races, settling for second place twice in the knowledge that he has the title under his control.

Add to this nine race wins and perhaps a cooler demeanour off the track than in recent years, it's hard to make a case for anyone else being more deserving of the 2016 drivers' championship than Rosberg.