Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Nov. 27, 2016. / AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH
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For Rosberg to be spoken of alongside other F1 greats, he needs to do more than beating Hamilton over 21 races in essentially the same Mercedes car.Rosberg's tally of 23 career race wins is commendable but unremarkable considering Hamilton – who is the same age – has a whopping 53 wins.Clearly, Rosberg needs to improve his speed if he is to be considered among the best.This year, Hamilton secured 10 wins to Rosberg's nine and – as Hamilton has consistently repeated – would probably have had a couple more wins without engine problems that cropped up several times. In qualifying, Hamilton took 12 pole positions compared to eight for Rosberg, even though Hamilton was unable to compete in three sessions because of engine woes.Others will be pushing Rosberg, too, not least Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.Rosberg's father – 1982 Formula One champion Keke Rosberg – said his son will need to be ready.
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