Nico Rosberg has urged his former team Mercedes to keep both its drivers for next season in Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes sit top of the Formula One leaderboard with Ferrari just behind them, however, the drivers' standings read differently.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel tops the drivers' standings with both Bottas and Hamilton trailing behind him, the latter placed second.
Hamilton has picked up two wins this season, finishing first in the Spanish and Azerbaijan GP, however, the Brit has been plagued with team difficulties this season from lack of communication to technical difficulties surrounding his car.
This has caused speculation over the four-time world champion's future with his team, however, Rosberg, an ambassador for Mercedes, has urged the German motor company to do everything they can to keep both their drivers next season.
"I would keep both. Absolutely," Rosberg told Turun Sanomat newspaper.
"Only bad luck has prevented him (Bottas) from doing even better than he has."
Hamilton underwhelmingly finished fifth in Canada, allowing Vettel to overtake him on the leaderboard, and Rosberg claimed the Brit can ‘lose motivation’ in phases.
“Lewis had one of those off-weekends totally,” Rosberg claimed on his Youtube channel.
“Ok he had an engine thing in the race, but even so qualifying was still off. Typical for Lewis – these phases, he loses a bit of motivation when things don’t go well.”
Hamilton took to Twitter to address the loss and claimed he will ‘come back stronger for the next race’ which takes place in France..
He wrote: “We will come back stronger for the next race. It’s how you get back up that matters the most. We win and lose together, thank you so much for the support and positivity #TeamLH. Looking forward to France and until then we will keep our heads down and keep pushing @MercedesAMGF1.”
The French GP returns for the first time since 2008, when Felipe Massa took home the spoils, and Hamilton will look to become the first British racer to win in France since David Coulthard in 2000, 18 years ago.
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