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Nico Rosberg hopes to repair relationship with Lewis Hamilton

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During his time in Formula 1, Nico Rosberg was a skilled driver who was known for being extremely competitive.

It was this competitive nature that saw him move from Williams in 2010 to Mercedes. This change brought him more success and eventually, he achieved his dream of being crowned world champion by claiming the drivers' title in 2016.

He bowed out after that success to enjoy his retirement, despite recently light-heartedly hinting he would return to the sport if F1 considered hosting a Las Vegas GP.

But it seems that during his retirement Rosberg has had plenty of time to think and reflect on his former career.

Rosberg's relationship with teammate Lewis Hamilton was strained, at best, throughout their time at Mercedes together. 

The pair pretty much grew up together as junior karters and used to regularly compete against each other.

Both Rosberg and Hamilton struck up a good friendship and hoped one day they could emulate their karting days on the F1 circuits. That too happened, but their friendship took a sour turn as a result of their battle for supremacy.

Heated arguments, crashes and even a hat throwing incident overshadowed much of the success they actually enjoyed on track.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Qualifying

Ultimately, Hamilton has been the more successful of the two, claiming the advantage in wins, podium finishes, career points and more importantly, world championships - the Brit has four world titles to Rosberg’s one.

Despite all of the bad blood from their Mercedes days, Nico Rosberg appears to wish to let bygones be bygones.

As part of a YouTube Q&A, the German was asked to reveal his methods of staying calm and if Hamilton was "as annoying behind the cameras as he is on them".

"How did I keep my cool in the team? That's what I was racing for, that sort of battle. It doesn't get better than that, to battle against one of the best of all-time in the same car as you, awesome," he answered, as per Crash.net.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

"And then to come out beating him in the very end, better than that is not possible. That's why it gave me such fulfilment also for my career. It couldn't have ended in a better way, and the opponent counts in that.

"And is Lewis as annoying? We were really good friends back in the day, and I still have a lot of respect for him and always will have.

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico - Qualifying

"In private he's a good guy. Of course, it's always different the way you get perceived on camera and the way you are in that big F1 world, but in private I can say he's a really good guy with some good values and everything.

"So I hope maybe with time one day we can get back to getting on better."

So perhaps the hatchet might finally be buried...

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