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Bahrain F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton wants more Rosberg battles

Lewis Hamilton wants more fights with Nico Rosberg after winning a close Mercedes battle in the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton says he wants more battles with team-mate Nico Rosberg after their tussle in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Although Rosberg started from pole, Hamilton led in to Turn 1 and was able to withstand numerous attacks from his team-mate to take his first victory at the Sakhir circuit. Hamilton admitted that it had been one of his most hard-fought victories to keep Rosberg behind him despite running the slower medium tyre and is hopeful of repeat performances in the future.

“It was very close, it felt very close,” Hamilton said. “I don't know how close it was, but it felt very close and I guess the team will decided how close that was. But Nico drove very well and hopefully I drove safe enough to stay in front. Hopefully we have more races like that in the future.”

And Hamilton also said he had needed to focus on defensive driving in the final stint due to Rosberg's tyre advantage.

"It was a killer. It was to a max the hardest thing. There is six and a bit tenths between the tyres and when he was on the medium and I was on the option I didn't really have a great pace. Generally this weekend since qualifying I have really struggled.

"I had an issue in qualifying with my braking system which was changed before the race and I thought that might give me a bit more time, but I really struggled during the race and when the Safety Car came out I had that 9.5 second lead and I was thinking 'okay, hopefully this is enough' but he was so quick at the end and to try and stay ahead of him out of the DRS zones was so hard. When I came across the line my heart was so relieved.

“To be overtaken, when you do allow him to go past you have to calculate how you are going to get back and so every time I did it perfectly and I was really happy to enable that. He had the option tyre so I thought he was coming past at some point, but in the last couple of laps I was able to hold onto it.”

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Don Hopings

April 07, 2014 2:13 AM

Nick101: Rosberg threw that one away and he knew it! Rosberg is a good driver with loads of speed, but his race craft needs work! I can't help but think any of the other top 4 or 5 drivers would have nailed Hamilton. Don't get me wrong, Hamilton defended well, but Rosberg should have done him. I wonder if he thought, I know, ill try and go round him on the outside of turn 4. It didn't work the first 3 times I tried it, but maybe it'll work this time. Oh Nico!
Hamilton stayed in font long enough for Rosberg to burn his tires off. Remember, if you lean on the soft compound if can go away pretty quickly. Rosberg was in dirty air the whole time. That causes understeer and kills your front tires.


April 06, 2014 10:40 PM

That was a good battle. Again F1 has a team dominating and their rivals has a lot to catch up. I find it difficult to find a team beating Mercedes on both titles this year, after the SC they pulled away from Perez at the rate of 2s per lap. If we will watch such battles between the guys on silver arrows all season long than it will be far better than RBR domination last year, when Vettel just pulled away from everyone, including his team mate. Speaking of Vettel, his new team mate has exeeded my expectations. Riccardo looks far stronger than I thought.

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