Nico Rosberg believes the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go down as one of the best in Formula 1 history.
The rivalry had been brewing for some time and came to a head on Sunday at Silverstone when a collision between the two sent Verstappen through the barrier at 180 mph.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner criticized Hamilton for his actions as the seven-time champion won the race.
Damon Hill has likened the rivalry to that of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost and is lapped by fans.
2016 world champion Rosberg thinks it’s great for the sport and compared it to his own rivalry with Hamilton.
Speaking to talkSPORT.com ahead of the launch of Heineken’s Greener Bar, he said: “I think this will be part of those great rivalries. It reminds me of my rivalry with Lewis also in intensity.
“It will be one of the greatest because Lewis is the best ever and Max is the star of the next generation.
“It will be a great battle.
“What’s cool is you don’t know who is going to win the next race or win the championship. That’s why we’re all going to be glued to our televisions.
“It’s going to be so intense, especially after what happened at Silverstone. The intensity is ramping up. “
On the Silverstone incident, Rosberg added: “The whole lap they were going to the absolute limit. It is so important to get out the first of the first round and you can really consolidate your victory.
“They gave everything, on edge, and it was just a racing incident.
“When you’re on the edge like that, a hit is going to happen at some point.
“As long as we saw that Max wasn’t injured, beyond that it was thrilling to watch him as a fan.
“It was a big impact, so your first thought isn’t on the entertainment, but make sure they’re okay first, then think about the entertainment afterwards.
“Once he’s been okay and everything was clear in the evening, then you can go back and enjoy the season we’re in, the intensity.
“Following social media, you have these two camps, Camp Hamilton and Camp Verstappen and there’s a big battle going on.
“Of course racism is just disgusting and there is no room for it.
“I wish people understood the power they have when they write something like that, it’s really hurtful.
“People just don’t understand how hurtful they are, people have to stop, but beyond that it’s a fantastic battle.”
Rosberg retired after beating teammate and rival Hamilton at the World Championship in 2016 and was the last man to win the title.
The 35-year-old is now a sustainability entrepreneur and investor in the all-electric Formula E racing series.
Upon retirement, he said: “I really appreciate him as an entrepreneur with a focus on sustainability. Make a real contribution to society, friends, family and other people.
“It’s very rewarding.
“An example would be my Extreme E racing team, which is all about winning but also contributing.
“We planted a million mangroves in the last race and raised awareness of the threats we face due to climate change. “
When asked if he missed F1, he added: “Yes of course, especially the victory. It’s such an extreme emotional peak and it’s something that I will miss forever, those celebratory moments with friends, family, fans, the team – it’s beautiful.