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.”