Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Daimler and head of Mercedes, says Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are "the perfect couple" for the manufacturer's F1 team.
Hamilton and Rosberg have dominated F1 since the introduction of V6 engines in 2014 but their relationship has become strained under the pressure of two consecutive championship battles. On both occasions Hamilton emerged victorious, with his 2015 crown wrapped up with three races to spare.
However, the end of the season was punctuated with heated exchanges between the pair and prompted team boss Toto Wolff to warn the drivers he would change the line-up if the tensions continued into 2016. Zetsche believes Mercedes are lucky to have two talented drivers with very different lifestyles and thinks that equates to the perfect partnership for the team.
"As long as Lewis wins races he can organise the rest of his life, as long as it is within the scope of our brand values, as he wants to," Zetsche told Auto Express. "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."
Mercedes has only failed to win six races in the two seasons since the change in engines. There have been concerns over the impact of Mercedes' dominance of the sport and Zetsche says he wants to see the team's rivals take the title fight to the final race.
"We want to win. Preferably in the last race by two points. But this is not our task to reduce the gap, but the task of our competitors."