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- Updated: November 15, 2017
Former world champion Nico Rosberg, whose relationship with Lewis Hamilton took some beating during his time at Mercedes, said he is open to rekindling the old friendship that the duo shared.
Things got especially heated up in Rosberg’s final year at the Silver Arrows, where he outdid the Brit to claim his maiden world title before retiring from the sport.
The pair were, however, best friends in their childhood days.
Recently, Mercedes’ Niki Lauda had claimed that even Bottas and Hamilton weren’t friends as such, but claimed that they do not hate each other as opposed to the German and the newly crowned world champion.
“Hamilton and Bottas are not friends,” Lauda told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“But there is no hate, as there was between Lewis and Nico. It was bad for the team but not for them, because it pushed them to go faster,” the Mercedes team chairman added.
Now, with Rosberg at the end of his first year of retirement, the German said he would be happy to be friends with Hamilton again.
“We were very good friends in the past, but it can happen again in the future,” he told the German broadcaster ZDF.
“We’re not rivals anymore, I’m completely out of it, so I don’t see why we could not get along well after some time,” Rosberg added.
However, Rosberg admitted that he hasn’t even spoken with Hamilton over the phone this year, even though they live right next to each other in Monaco.
“We’re not at that point yet,” the 32-year-old admitted.
This still did not stop him from appreciating how well Hamilton has performed under trying circumstances this season, and he said that he was appreciative of the 32-year-old’s unique personality and controversial lifestyle choices.
“He does it his way and I have a lot of respect for that, it’s a great quality,” Rosberg said.
“Lots of people don’t like what he does and how he is, which is a matter of opinion, but I think it’s cool that he goes his own way.”