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'If he creates a great atmosphere and is good support for Lewis, that is also of high value': Nico Rosberg feels Valterri Bottas can earn new Mercedes contract without pushing Hamilton for world championship Valtteri Bottas does not need a world title to stay at Mercedes, says Nico Rosberg The 2016 world champion says Bottas 'creates a great atmosphere' in the team   Bottas failed to win a single race in 2018 but won the Australian GP last month  His contract ends at the end of the season with Esteban Ocon eyeing his seat 

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 23:50 BST, 11 April 2019 | Updated: 23:50 BST, 11 April 2019

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Valtteri Bottas does not need to match team-mate Lewis Hamilton to secure a new deal at Mercedes, feels 2016 Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg. 

Rosberg was the last man to beat five-time winner Hamilton to the drivers' world championship and since being replaced by Bottas, Mercedes has had just one driver in contention for the sport's top prize.

But while pressure from the outside appears to be mounting on Bottas after he failed to win a single race in the 2018 season, Rosberg insists that he can merit a new deal on more than just whether he can be competitive in the title race.  

Valtteri Bottas can earn a new Mercedes title without a world title, insists Nico Rosberg

Valtteri Bottas can earn a new Mercedes title without a world title, insists Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton is the favourite in Mercedes to go and lift a sixth drivers' world championship

Lewis Hamilton is the favourite in Mercedes to go and lift a sixth drivers' world championship

'Every year is important and it is always going to be a difficult year against Lewis (Hamilton),' Rosberg said. 

'Of course it is important for Valtteri to keep performing and to keep showing he can win races and possibly also challenge for the title, too. 

'Saying that, as long as it works so well, it is harmonious and even if Lewis dominates again, Valtteri doesn't have to be on one level with Lewis to merit staying on the team. 

Rosberg, pictured in 2016, was the last driver to beat Hamilton to winning F1's biggest prize

Rosberg, pictured in 2016, was the last driver to beat

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