Mercedes is about to announce within the coming weeks who out of Russell and Valtteri Bottas will race for its senior squad subsequent yr, with Russell extensively anticipated to land the seat.
Mercedes has raced with an unchanged line-up since Bottas joined the group in 2017, changing Rosberg after his instant retirement within the wake of his world championship victory.
Tensions ran excessive between Hamilton and Rosberg all through their time as teammates as they went head-to-head for the championship on three events, with their relationship souring after a few on-track collisions.
Rosberg’s exit resulted in a change within the group dynamic at Mercedes, with Hamilton and Bottas’s partnership proving to be much more cordial. The pair have received the world championship yearly since Bottas joined the group in 2017.
Hamilton has hailed Bottas as his greatest teammate in F1, and stated earlier this yr that he didn’t “essentially see that it wants to alter” for 2022.
Chatting with Autosport forward of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, Rosberg stated that whereas each drivers deserved the seat, Russell can be the extra thrilling choice that would carry its personal challenges.
“Whether or not it is Valtteri or George, each of them deserve that seat,” Rosberg stated.
“Valtteri has been actually doing job in that Mercedes automobile. In fact issues have not gone his manner this yr, however typically, he is accomplished the job that Mercedes requires.
George Russell, Williams, 2nd place, celebrates on the rostrum
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“Let’s examine what they resolve. Valtteri can be the simpler determination, as a result of you realize what you’ve. George is perhaps the little bit extra thrilling determination. Let’s examine what they provide you with.
“Sure, in the event that they do take George, then the battle internally at Mercedes can be completely different, and doubtlessly extra heated.”
Requested if a potential partnership with Russell may result in tensions much like what he skilled with Hamilton, Rosberg stated he had “no concept”, however that Russell can be going from one excessive to a different in his F1 profession by touchdown a prime seat.
“If at some point he would drive subsequent to Lewis, then it is not possible to foretell how he would act in such a scenario,” stated Rosberg.
“It is an excessive, it is utterly extremes, immediately you are in a race successful automobile each weekend, you are combating towards the perfect of all-time, who has been there for just like the final eight years.
“It is an excessive scenario. So it actually relies upon from one driver to the opposite who you’d take care of that as a teammate.”