Nico Rosberg says Bottas “did a much better job” than Perez in 2021

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2016 Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg responds to Lewis Hamilton’s claims that Valtteri Bottas has been his “best team-mate”, and says the Finn was better than Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in 2021.

As Valtteri Bottas’ time with Mercedes was coming to a close, Lewis Hamilton reiterated numerous times that the Finn has been “the best team-mate I’ve had the pleasure of working with”.

Lewis’ previous Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was asked if he found that to be disrespectful towards him, and he chose to joke about it.

“No I do feel that as disrespect, I mean what did I do wrong?” Rosberg said.

The German was referencing the gruelling three-year championship fight between him and Lewis, a fight that often turned ugly and caused much dissent within the Mercedes team.

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However, when asked if he appreciates what Bottas did at Mercedes, Rosberg agreed that the Finn was good for the team.

“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 Perez, so he deserves credit,” Rosberg concluded.

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