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Midseason Report: Grading Nico Rosberg’s Performance for Mercedes

The team battle I'd been most looking forward to in 2013 was Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamilton.

The two good friends had come up through the junior formulae ranks together and were even karting teammates back in 2000 in the Formula A championship. For the record, Hamilton pipped Rosberg to the title.

Of course, Rosberg was already well established in the Mercedes team with three seasons under his belt partnering, and soundly beating, some fella called Schumacher. Hamilton would have to find his feet quickly in a brand new environment, but most students of the sport predicted an extremely tight battle. And that's exactly what we got.

Hamilton started the stronger, outqualifying Rosberg in Australia as the German's ra...

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