Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nico's Thrown Down the Gauntlet to Lewis Now

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nico's Thrown Down the Gauntlet to Lewis Now

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Byline: Johnny Herbert @johnnyherbertf1

THIS season is the best of Nico Rosberg's career. In the past, he's talked about Lewis Hamilton being the benchmark in Formula 1 but Nico now sets the standard.

I've never seen him more animated than after his win at the Singapore Grand Prix. That will have motivated him enormously and it'll be interesting to see how he takes that energy on to Malaysia.

We're in for a cracker in Sepang. It's probably the easiest of the six grands prix remaining and, by that, I mean one driver will struggle to dominate. I expect it to be nip and tuck all weekend between Lewis and Nico.

Nico goes into the weekend after arguably his best-ever win over his team-mate. Will Lewis bounce back, can he bounce back? He always has done in the past and what's interesting is he looked fairly non-plussed after Singapore.

You can understand why. His points tally might be marginally less than his fellow Mercedes driver but the championship is effectively equal. …

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