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Working with Hamilton just like old times - Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg: "It's going to be a great challenge" © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg says working alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year has reminded him of their time together in karting and he is confident their strong relationship will push the team forwards.

Rosberg and Hamilton raced as team-mate in go karts thirteen years ago and remained friends through the junior ranks. Now they are together at the same team again and Rosberg said it was just like old times.

"The memories come back even though it was such a long time ago," he said. "Sometimes it feels like exactly like it was back then. It's going to be a great challenge [going up against Hamilton] for sure and that's what I'm here for, challenges like that. He's one of the best in the pit lane, but together we are going to work well and help push the team forward."

In their karting days Rosberg once pulled a practical joke on Hamilton by smearing Tiger Balm in his team-mate's underpants, but he said he hadn't had the opportunity to pull any pranks so far.

"Not yet, but I'm sure there will be plenty of time for that."

He is confident the whole of the Mercedes team is working well together and that the new technical hierarchy will produce results.

"I don't want to name any one person because everybody at the factory has a massive input. For sure the communication has been structured better and it's all going in a better direction. I think we are progressing as a team."