‘Lewis and I weren’t exactly best friends’: Nico Rosberg insists teammates do not need to ‘get on’ in F1, as the former world champion ‘dominated’ alongside Lewis Hamilton despite their differences

Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg has claimed that teammates don’t need to ‘get on’ to succeed in the sport, and reminded fans that he ‘wasn’t exactly friends’ with Lewis Hamilton in their time at Mercedes. Speaking on Sky Sports F1, Rosberg said: ‘I think maybe you remember Lewis and I weren’t exactly best friends and yet we were dominating so I think for a team it can still work even if the drivers don’t get on if they are super fast.’. Rosberg and Hamilton won three Drivers’ Championships in the four years they raced together at Mercedes despite not always seeing eye-to-eye. ‘For Oscar, of course, you’re a young driver, if you have an opportunity to race for McLaren and you’re free to do so, you have to take it. It’s Alpine also who are messing about, are they taking Alonso, are they not taking Alonso, so Oscar just went for the opportunity.

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