Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has accused illustrious teammate Michael Schumacher of being a sore loser but insisted harsher criticism of the multiple world champion is wide of the mark.
Rosberg consistently out-qualified seven-time world champion Schumacher over the season and also beat him regularly enough to the finish line to see out the year one place and 13 points above his teammate. And although he admits Schumacher doesn't like being beaten, he says talk of the German legend being an unpleasant person is wrong.
"Obviously he doesn't like (being beaten by his teammate) but it doesn't last long," Rosberg told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He's not a b****** as some people say, when I ask him a question he doesn't lie to me. You can work with him and that was a nice surprise after what I had heard."
However, Rosberg has been less than impressed with his Mercedes team in terms of their performance.
"I've stayed because I'm convinced the situation will change. Mercedes are doing everything to create a winning structure. Ross (Brawn, team principle) tells me (new engineering director) Aldo Costa is very good and so are the other new engineers."