Wed, 14 Mar 2012 05:11:06 GMT | By Agence France-Presse/ Chris Aaron
Vettel's five title rivals for 2012

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)



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Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

Given that Michael Schumacher is now 43 and Rosberg is just 26, it looks as if the German-born son of the original 'flying Finn', Keke Rosberg, has the best prospects for claiming glory in the much-improved 2012 Mercedes. Team chief Ross Brawn certainly has great faith in Rosberg and claimed pre-season that he felt the Monaco-based racer has now matured into a complete driver ready to establish himself at the front of the field.

He will face a scrap for success to begin with from Schumacher, whose form in 2011 belied his years and proved that his enthusiasm and fitness remain at remarkable levels. Fast, clever, talented and now stronger in all departments, Rosberg has to seize his opportunity this year and dominate Schumacher, lead the team and establish himself as a title contender. If he does not, like many others of great potential, he may find his time passes by. He desperately needs a first win to spark the rest of his career.

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