Rosberg expecting tight contest

17 February 2018 10:59:50 EST

Former world champion Nico Rosberg believes the race for the Drivers' Championship will go right down to the wire this season unlike what happened last term.

The 2017 campaign looked like it was going to be a close contest between Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel who were streets ahead of the chasing pack.

However it was the Englishman Hamilton who managed to pull away and ended up comfortably winning the fifth Drivers' Championship of his career at the United States Grand Prix with two races of the season to spare.

Rosberg himself managed to beat Hamilton to the title back in 2016 before he decided to reture but the German has backed his former Silver Arrows team-mate to just edge out his rival Vettel this year.

"My prediction corresponds to what happened last year," Rosberg said.

"So Lewis Hamilton wins, this time just one point ahead of Sebastian Vettel."

He added: "After that is Lewis' team-mate Valtteri Bottas and the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo."

Hamilton is 1/6 to claim the Drivers' Championship this year, while Vettel is 7/2 to finish top of the pile.

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