Verstappen, who captured his second straight world title with four races to go, capped off a record-breaking 2022 campaign with his 15th win of the year in Sunday’s season finale in Abu Dhabi.
The Red Bull driver’s emphatic victory at Yas Marina marked his last flawless performance, having dominated the season on his way to becoming a two-time world champion in less than 12 months.
And Rosberg, who beat then-Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the 2016 crown before retiring from the sport, sees this as just the beginning of the 25-year-old’s F1 achievements.
“He’s an incredible driver,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1’s. any monday driven.
“I think it’s easy to say even now that he’s going to be one of the greatest of all time, if you look at the statistics, even now he is.
“He is a two-time world champion with all the races he has won, more than [Fernando] alonso
“He’s already one of the greatest of all time and I think he’s only just getting started.
“He’s going to confirm it in the next decade, without a doubt. His level of driving is phenomenal and it’s great to witness that.”
Verstappen had to overcome a terrible start to the season as reliability failures in two of the first three races left him 46 points behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 46 points in the championship after the Australian Grand Prix.
His and Red Bull’s response was nothing short of remarkable, while a succession of costly retirements and blunders by Ferrari and Leclerc ultimately accelerated Verstappen’s run to the 2022 title.
Rosberg described Verstappen’s performance as “one of the best driving seasons ever seen” in F1.
“We also have to remember that it’s not like since the beginning of this year his car has been miles faster than the others,” added Rosberg.
“The Ferrari was the quickest car at the start of the season and still took this incredible 15 wins and really destroyed the opposition like that.”
“If you look at the points, he scored 146 more than anybody, it’s unreal. It’s one of the best driving seasons we’ve seen for sure.”