2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg believes the relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher would be different if they had more competitive cars.
Vettel and Schumacher are known to share a healthy relationship, with Vettel also having a similar connection to Mick’s father Michael.
Both Aston Martin and Haas have battled at the bottom of the pecking order for much of the 2022 campaign thus far.
The pair have come together at the track this year, with Schumacher running into Vettel at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in May.
Speak with EurosportRosberg believes the aftermath of the incident would have been much more acidic had they fought further up the field, despite their strong alliance.
“There can be no friendship if you fight one-on-one for every win and title,” said Rosberg. “I don’t think that’s possible.
“There is so much at stake that it won’t work in the long run. But Mick and Sebastian are not rivals for first place.
“Mick bumped into Sebastian in Miami. If it had been for first place, Vettel would have been in a very different mood after the race.
“But it was about the places in midfield, so you can overlook that. It’s really nice that Sebastian supports his buddy Mick like that.”
After struggling for much of the season’s opening stages, Schumacher got his career best result last time in Austria, crossing the line in sixth.
Speaking about his turnaround in form, Rosberg said: “Mick has had some difficult weeks, so we are all delighted that he has now made a nice breakthrough.
“Formula 1 is moving fast. He faced a lot of criticism. When I open the papers these days, I don’t read any criticism of him at all.
“It only took one race, eighth place” [at the British Grand Prix]a great duel with [Max] Verstappen in Great Britain and all is forgotten again.
“That’s the crazy thing about our sport, but it’s also the fun thing about Mick. Psychologically, that is incredibly valuable to him, as he is now discovering a positive mental spiral. That carries him and that helps him in the coming races.”