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Nico Rosberg Addresses Lewis Hamilton ‘Disrespect’ After Valtteri Bottas Praise

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F1 legend Nico Rosberg has responded after Lewis Hamilton called Valtteri Bottas his best Mercedes team-mate.
Nico Rosberg has admitted he feels no ‘disrespect’ from Lewis Hamilton after the Brit had called Valtteri Bottas his best Mercedes team-mate. Rosberg and the Stevenage-born racer had a fierce rivalry during their time with the Silver Arrows. With Bottas, however, things were different.

After Bottas’ 2022 move to Alfa Romero was confirmed, Hamilton praised the Finn on his social media channels.
“I’m immensely proud to have worked alongside Valtteri for the past five years,” he said.

 

 

“Together, we’ve been part of a team that has delivered four Constructors’ Championships, and we’ve motivated one another to keep pushing through the ups and the downs.

“He has been the best team-mate I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
“Your speed and resilience has been impressive but where you truly stand out to me is the human being you are.
You are greater than you know and I know there’s a bright future ahead for you.

 

 

“Thank you Valtteri for all of your support and amazing contributions to this team. You will be missed.
“I wish you all the best for your future endeavours. Let’s finish off strong and get that 8th for the team.”
Some interpreted Hamilton’s comments to be a disrespectful dig at Rosberg, who he previously allied with at Mercedes.
But the German, speaking to Sky, has insisted he doesn’t see it that way.
“No I do feel that as disrespect,” he said.

“I mean what did I do wrong?”

Asked whether Rosberg was impressed by the way Hamilton and Bottas fared together, the 2016 title winner then added: “In the Constructors’ Championship yes absolutely, five years, it created a very good atmosphere, a very healthy atmosphere within the team.

 

 

“Which was different to my time.
“And that has given it a very good strength, so Mercedes is Constructors’ Champion, Valtteri did much better than [Sergio] Perez [Red Bull], so he deserves credit.”

Hamilton, should he continue in F1 following his defeat to Max Verstappen, will now partner up with George Russell at Mercedes. Yet Rosberg said in December that the decision to unite the pair is a ‘big risk’.
“I think that Bahrain race is what helps George most, because Valtteri is a reference, he knows how Valtteri goes in qualifying with Lewis, often they’re nip and tuck, right there, and especially in Bahrain,” Rosberg said on Sky Sports F1.

 

 

“And George was right there with Valtteri straight away, so that will give George a lot of confidence that he can get the job done and he will be quick enough.

“It was a difficult decision for Toto, because the risk is quite high.
“If George is really on exactly the same pace as Lewis, it could become really intense in the team.
“There are a lot of unknowns there, is George always going to back out, or is he going to get his elbows out? That’s just going to be so great to watch.”

Rosberg did also say last month that he feels Hamilton should return to Formula One, rather than walk away.

 

 

“It was heartbreaking for him, absolutely, because up until four laps from the end he was almost certain to be world champion,” he said.
“Then with this change of procedure or whatever you want to call it, suddenly he lost the world championship.
“It was tough, it was extremely tough.
“But of course I do count on him being back on the grid next year and fighting to get back that world championship that kind of got taken away from him in a way.”

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