Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg responded to Lewis Hamilton calling Valtteri Bottas his best teammate, saying he took offense to that statement.
Rosberg and Hamilton were teammates for three years. They contested a fierce rivalry at the time, with Hamilton winning two championships to Rosberg’s one. However, it was the German who won it at the end, taking his title in 2016 before retiring from the sport without repairing the relationship.
After the German left, Mercedes signed Bottas to be Hamilton’s teammate. Fast-forward to the present day, and the Finn has departed Mercedes after a five-year association with the team and the seven-time world champion.
Rosberg responded to Hamilton calling Bottas his best teammate, saying he didn’t particularly like his former partner’s statement.
As quoted by Planet F1, when asked by Sky F1 about his feelings regarding Hamilton’s comments, Rosberg said jokingly, “No, I do feel that as disrespect, I mean what did I do wrong?”
However, Rosberg conceded that he had the utmost respect for Bottas and what he brought to Mercedes. He stated that with him in the team, there was a very healthy atmosphere in the camp, something that wasn’t there when he and Hamilton were teammates.
When asked if he appreciated Bottas’ contributions to the team, the former world champion said, “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 (Red Bull driver Sergio) Perez, so he deserves credit.”