Nico Rosberg responds to Hamilton calling Bottas his “best team-mate”

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Nico Rosberg, who was Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate from 2013 until 2016, as well as his title rival, responds to Lewis calling Valtteri Bottas his “best team-mate”.

Rosberg and Hamilton were friends during their time in the junior racing categories, and early in their Formula 1 careers.This would however change once they became team-mates at Mercedes.

At first everything was nice and friendly between them, but once Mercedes became a contender for the world championship in 2014, the relationship deteriorated.

From 2014 until 2016 it was an all-out war between the two drivers, with Lewis coming out on top in 2014 and 2015, while Nico finally won his first world title in 2016.

After three exhausting season of fighting arguably the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time, Rosberg called it a career and retired at the end of 2016.

The battle between the two drivers was not easy both on and off the track and it has caused a lot of headaches for Mercedes. It’s not surprising then that the arrival of Valtteri Bottas into the team in 2017 was a welcome change of pace.

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The Finn’s relationship with Lewis’ has remained great until this very day, as there were no on or off-tack issues between the two.

In his media interviews Lewis has often called Valtteri Bottas his best team-mate, and when it was announced that Valtteri will be leaving Mercedes at the end of 2021, he wrote a heartfelt social media post praising him and again calling him his “best team-mate ever”.

During a speech at a sponsor event Nico Rosberg gave his comments on Lewis’ words.

“He never beat Lewis and they were super chill,” Rosberg said.

“That’s why Lewis says he was his favourite team-mate of all time. I wanted to write [under Lewis’ social media post], ‘what about me?’

Rosberg then proceeded to jokingly ask: “We don’t have any journalists here?”

“Because you have to be careful, you know,” Nico concluded.

You can watch a video of Nico’s speech below.

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