Leaving Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says he is open to rekindling his old friendship with Lewis Hamilton.

As teammates at Mercedes until last year, the pair shared a particularly acrimonious relationship, even though they had been childhood best friends.

“Hamilton and Bottas are not friends,” F1 legend Niki 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.

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