Is he missed?
At the last year of Lewis and Nico as teamates. At the Singapore grand prix, Nico Rosberg destroyed Lewis Hamilton in what was in my personal view, the reason why Nico won the title that season.
But do you need someone like him to beat Lewis again? here is my opinion
At the 2016 Singapore grand prix, Nico Rosberg destroyed Lewis Hamilton the whole weekend, he was 0.7 seconds faster than him in Qualifying, and while Lewis was barely able to finish 3rd, Nico won after leading for nearly the entire race and took the Championship lead, In my personal opinon, the way that race went was the reason why Nico was able to beat Lewis that season. Now, for the first time in a while, Mercedes doesn’t have the fastest car at quit a lot of tracks. Despite that, Lewis Hamilton is currently holding a lead of 30 points. So why Sebastian Vettel with a better car than Lewis’ is 30 points behind, and Nico Rosberg, with an equal car to Lewis’ was able to keep up with him most of the time? Well personally it has some reasons: Although quit often Lewis was faster than Nico, Nico was able to make Lewis lose sleeping hours because of him. Ever since Nico retired, it seems like Lewis isn’t scared of anything, he is fully confident, he is driving without mistakes, he is able to recover from anything. When Lewis had to fight against Nico, although he was usually faster, he was never to take Nico out of his nead. This year, it seems like he is doing the race and going home without thinking what happened. In one of the races when Nico was leading a race and Lewis had to recover, he had endless problems, this year, he came back from 14th place to win a race. In qualifying, although Lewis scored more poles than Nico, he almost never looked like it was easy for him. This year, quit a lot of the pole positions he scored made it look like he wasn’t even slightly sweating (Australia or Spain for example). You see that a full crowd of Italian fans can’t make him behave even slightly different, unlike when only Nico was on the podium that he didn’t even look at him. When Nico crashed with him in Austria and Spain, even if Lewis came victorious, it made him re-think. When he had a clash 2 weeks ago with Vettel, he didn’t care slightly what happened, not in the race and not after it. After the race in Monza Vettel was nearly in tears, while Nico, even after the losing to Hamilton for 2 consecutive years, only got stronger. So yes, Lewis was normally faster then Nico, and was more talented, but as Juan Pablo Montoya said, it’s very east to get in the head of European drivers, and that’s exactly what Nico did which makes you think, is he a greater Champion than he is considered? well, in some ways, you can definitely say so