“What About Me?” – Nico Rosberg Mocks Lewis Hamilton Over Valtteri Bottas Instagram Post

Published 09/07/2021, 9:05 AM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA – MAY 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP speaks with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP as he celebrates his win on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


During an F1 career spanning 15 years and counting, Lewis Hamilton has had a wide variety of teammates. While his teammates at McLaren varied, he had just two different teammates at Mercedes.

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After a five-year stint with the Silver Arrows, the second of those teammates, Valtteri Bottas, will leave for Alfa Romeo next season. With the Briton appreciating his Finnish teammate on social media, his former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took a swipe at the defending world champion.

Nico Rosberg speaks about Lewis Hamilton appreciating Valtteri Bottas

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Before being teammates at Mercedes, Rosberg and Hamilton shared the warmest of relationships. However, their relationship deteriorated during their four-year stint as teammates.

Their battle for the world championship ultimately turned them against each other, with 2016 being the most open display of this. In fact, Rosberg remains the only driver to win a world championship while being Hamilton’s teammate.

Following his championship win in 2016, Rosberg retired from the sport. This paved the way for Bottas to be Hamilton‘s teammate. Unlike the German, the Finn barely threatened Hamilton during the last four F1 seasons as he equaled Michael Schumacher‘s record with seven world titles.

With the Finn announcing he will join Alfa Romeo from 2022, Hamilton put out a post on social media appreciating their time together.

As the paddock now moves to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, Rosberg commented on the post Hamilton uploaded for Bottas. He shared his thoughts on why the Briton preferred Bottas as his teammate, saying“Bottas was super useful. He never beat Lewis, they were chill. That’s why, that’s why [Lewis] says he [Bottas] was his favorite teammate of all time.”

The German then mentioned he was thinking of taking a dig, by writing a comment questioning Lewis whether he considered him to be in that category as well. “I wanted to write under [the Instagram post] ‘What about me?'”

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Hamilton to team with George Russell in the 2022 season

Earlier today, huge news broke out as Russell was announced to be the defending champion’s teammate next season. In Russell, Hamilton will get a British teammate for the first time since Jenson Button at McLaren in 2012.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 28: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP is congratulated by George Russell of Great Britain and Williams in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

However, the 36-year-old’s focus remains on the ongoing F1 season. With the next race in Monza, can Hamilton reclaim the championship lead from Dutch rival Max Verstappen?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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