Mercedes chairman: Hamilton and Rosberg ‘the perfect couple’

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Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche has heaped praise on Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, calling them “the perfect couple”.

Hamilton and Rosberg have made the most of Mercedes’ recent dominance in F1, claiming all but six of the last 38 wins on offer and recording a pole success of almost 95% in the same period.

However, tensions at Mercedes over the past two years have led to speculation about a possible driver change in the near future.

Late last year, team boss Toto Wolff saying that the rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg could not be allowed to have a detrimental impact on the wider Mercedes F1 operation.

In an interview with Auto Express, Zetsche expressed no such concerns, believing that Mercedes’ drivers complement each other well.

“As long as Lewis wins races he can organize the rest of his life, as long as it is within the scope of our brand values, as he wants to,” Zetsche said.

“And when you look at the relevance of his personality and the social networks with 12 million followers and so on, what can we wish for more than a rock star?

“He’s the fastest on the track and that’s perfect. At the same time we have the other guy who’s as fast and has a very different lifestyle with a family and a kid.”

“These are the two bookends and I think we are really very lucky to have them – they are the perfect couple, absolutely.”