Nico Rosberg is enjoying having teammate and karting friend Lewis Hamilton as his partner at Mercedes, according to team boss Ross Brawn.
After three seasons partnering former seven-time champion Michael Schumacher at the Brackley based team, Rosberg is truly showcasing how much talent he has in his team with one of the fastest drivers on the grid.
Rosberg was kept in the shade by the German legend because many thought Schumacher had lost some of his cutting edge from his Ferrari career that reflected badly on Rosberg.
But Brawn believes Rosberg is now happier showing he can beat one of the most highly respected drivers on the grid.
"Lewis is a great reference for the team," Brawn is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace.
"I think sometimes he (Rosberg) was a little unhappy with Michael, because it wasn't the same reference. Michael often had difficult moments with Nico.
"Was it because Michael was not as good as he once was? Or was Nico better than some people gave him credit?
"I think everyone recognises now that Nico was better than everyone thought," he added.
Indeed Brawn feels the current driver line-up has been vindicated as Rosberg has been able to take advantage of the faster Mercedes this season winning twice in Monaco and Britain while Hamilton opened his winning account in Hungary 3 weeks ago.
"I feel vindicated now that Lewis is on the team, because people are saying how good Nico is, and I've always said so," he insisted.
Hamilton currently sits in fourth place in the Formula One standings after coming out on top in the Hungarian Grand Prix last month. Both Mercedes drivers will be hoping for more success sat the Belgian race course this weekend.
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