Lewis Hamilton has said he felt "disrespected" after hearing the criticism from within the Mercedes team following his win at the 2016 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As the championship slipped out of Hamilton's reach, the Briton unsuccessfully tried to back Rosberg into the chasing pack in one final bid to usurp his rival.
Hamilton's tactics prompted an order to speed up from Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe, while the company's head of motorsport Toto Wolff went on to suggest the former McLaren driver could face team sanctions for ignoring instructions.
Williams would be open to Valtteri Bottas joining Formula One champions Mercedes next season if a suitable replacement for the Finn can be found, deputy team principal Claire Williams said.
"Next year I'll speak to Toto [Wolff] and say "look, I don't want my guys being changed", Hamilton told Channel 4.
Yet asked if the situation had been resolved, Hamilton added: "No, it hasn't".
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'You definitely don't expect that from those who are in charge of so many people.
Both teams have close ties, with Williams powered by Mercedes engines.
"I'm delighted to see that a team like Mercedes lists Valtteri as a potential replacement for Nico", said Williams, who is team chief Frank's daughter.
After winning the world title in each of the previous two campaigns, Hamilton had to settle for second in the drivers' standings this year as team-mate Nico Rosberg claimed his maiden crown.
Reliability gremlins affected Hamilton's #44 W07 Hybrid on more occasions than Rosberg's vehicle, which in contrast delivered near-perfect performance across 2016. "All my mechanics. There is not a single person who needs to leave", Hamilton said about the swap of six mechanics, as quoted by the Daily Mail.