British drivers claim that Rosberg is not German threatens to reopen rift with Mercedes team-mate in race for F1 title
Nico Rosberg is not a real German, according to the unfailingly controversial Lewis Hamilton. After his victory at the British Grand Prix, Hamilton is warming up nicely for the next race in Hockenheim on Sunday week.
Rosberg was born in Wiesbaden, south-west Germany. The son of a German mother and Keke Rosberg, the Finnish 1982 Formula One world champion, he moved to Monaco when four weeks old. As a consequence, the 29-year-olds following in Germany has been modest but since establishing a lead in the world championship driving a Mercedes while his world champion compatriot Sebastian Vettel faded from prominence, Rosberg has enjoyed a new following in the land of his birth, especially via social media.