Nico Rosberg thinks Lewis Hamilton is more naturally talented than Michael Schumacher

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Michael Schumacher is regarded by some as the greatest Formula One driver ever and holds the record for both the most titles and races won in the history of the sport.

However, since his retirement in 2012 the sport has been dominated by Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton, now 34, made it two titles in a row with victory in the 2018 season and four titles in the last five years.

The British driver now has five titles, moving him to within two of Schumacher’s record of seven.

With that gap closing, Nico Rosberg has now had his say on who was the more talented driver.

Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, Rosberg said: “Lewis probably has a bit more natural talent than Michael," as per GP Fans.

“Lewis has one of the greatest natural talents our sport has ever seen, so he makes the difference.

“In terms of work ethic, Schumacher was something else.

“Things come very easily to Lewis naturally. Instinct, natural talent. Michael was the complete package.”

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Rosberg, who retired in 2016 following his first and only world title, can speak from a unique position as the only person to have raced with both legendary drivers.

He won his title for Mercedes alongside Hamilton, which consisted of an intense competition between the two drivers throughout the season.

The 33-year-old also opened up about the first time he heard that he would be racing with Schumacher and how that differed to when he found out Hamilton would be his teammate.

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“The first thought with Michael Schumacher? A little bit scared. Can I even compete?

“Michael was a warrior. Every day after getting up, he would think: How do I make my teammate small?

“When I finally got the better of Michael, then came Lewis. At least I knew him from go-karts. He was not as alien to me as Michael.”

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