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Pole master Rosberg 'bloody good' - Hill

1996 world champion Damon Hill thinks Nico Rosberg is finally emerging from Michael Schumacher's shadow -- with a new benchmark.

Local boy Rosberg, whose Finnish father Keke won in the Principality exactly 30 years ago, put his Mercedes on pole on Saturday -- his third qualifying triumph in as many attempts.

"He's been doing a fantastic job and its time it was said. He's quietly been going about his business and not making a big noise about things," Hill told the Mirror.

"When he was teammate to Michael, the thinking was that Michael was past his best and it was difficult to judge Nico," said the former Williams driver.

"Well he's got a new benchmark now and shown he's not that bad. In fact he's bloody good."

German Rosberg's new benchmark, of course, is Briton Hamilton -- the highly-rated 2007 world champion who was tempted to switch from McLaren over the winter.

Hill said: "If Lewis is going to beat him (Rosberg) he's going to have to put on his thinking cap and keep an eye on what Nico is doing.

"Nico is not going to be a pushover by any means."

Published May 25, 2013 9:45 am
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Nico is seriously impressing the hell out of me, I'm wondering once Lewis really gets settled into the team and a part of the development process of the car if he will distance himself, we won't know until next season but right now it really seems like Mercedes have an absolutely incredible driver lineup.
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May 25, 2013 10:40 am