Nico Rosberg clarified his recent comments about Max Verstappen, who the 2016 world champion labelled a “narcissist” for his very high level of self-confidence.
In his most recent Beyond Victory podcast, Rosberg sat down with his former Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.
On the subject of character and achievement, the German explained why in his opinion Verstappen was “like a narcissist, like you write it in the dictionary”.
Asked by Sky F1 to elaborate on the comment during last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Rosberg reiterated his view on Red Bull’s star driver, but insisted he meant it in a positive way
“Actually it was on the positive side,” said the former F1 driver.
“I was saying that was a very strong asset of his, because it gives you resistance in the very extreme world of Formula 1 if you really have that self-confidence and self-belief.
“I still stick with it. He has it,” added Rosberg.
“Because if you mess up six times, and on the seventh time, you still end up doing the same thing and you get it right, and the whole season turns around like it did last year, you’ve got to be pretty damn self-confident.”
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