Newly crowned double F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton says he expects the rivalry with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to be different next season and is sure they will "handle it better".

The Hamilton-Rosberg dynamic was one of the most interesting of the year as the two vied for the 2014 title, with notable flashpoints at Monaco, when Rosberg took that controversial pole position and at Spa, when the two made contact on the second lap while battling for the lead.

Hamilton, however, believes they have both learned from it and if it is another duel between them in 2015 - a repeat of this year's title fight, then things won't be quite so difficult.

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"It is normal to have a fierce battle throughout the year and there is always tension," Hamilton said, "but I think between the drivers and the team we managed it better than anyone else could have.

"Nico was right on the edge to the last race, which is what you want from a competitor. In this sport, it is not like football, where you are team-mates with lots of different people. We are team-mates as two drivers and our ultimate goal is to make sure we get those two cars across the line in first and second.

"However, we also both want to be the first one at the head of that. There is that internal competition and the external competition.

"I think there has been a lot of learning done by both Nico and I about how to handle things. I am sure next year we will come back and handle it better."

Quizzed on what made the difference in 2014, Hamilton added that it is tough to pinpoint one factor, although he did feel that he "drove his heart out at every single race".

"Quite often Nico and I would have the same set-up. We have obviously got the same car and through the weekend you might end up starting with one roll bar difference and that mirrors throughout the rest of the weekend. Ultimately, though, our driving styles are quite similar," he explained.

"Years ago, Fernando [Alonso] and I required different things from the car, but Nico and I liked a lot of the same stuff.

"I think really it came down to many different things. It is not just pure pace. I can't really pinpoint all the different things. All I know is that I drove my heart out every race.

"I arrived at a weekend, the studying which I did, the preparation which I did with my guys and the work done from the engineers was just exceptional. I think having that year's experience with them in 2013 made a massive difference for this year.

"I really feel I maximised the time that I had on the track."

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I guess people don't bother to understand what really happened...

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“In any other team similar to ours you would make the driver in front aware that the guy behind him has another stop to do what then would happen is you just I think go in whatever way. But because the battle is so intense and it's two number one drivers and not one it's clear that you cannot expect the front guy to lift the throttle, brake, lose a couple of hundred metres, and probably jeopardize his own race massively."

“We still believe the principle is right of making the guy aware that the other guy has one more stop to go, and this is why you should let him go. What was being told to Nico was that Lewis is going to let him by, which is probably just not the right wording. Whether it was driven by instinct, or intellect, or following the procedures, I don't know. But whatever Lewis said was right in my opinion. He said he

I made the post:

"Afterwards Lauda and Wolff were quoted as saying that they should not have asked Hamilton to do that."

I see not reason why there should be a Disagree. That is exactly what happened. Lauda even went as far to say that they (Mercedes) paniced. Is it necessary to find the exact quote in order to stop this silliness?

107SS2009:
Samouri:
107SS2009: You are talking total BS, It was the team that asked/ordered Lulu to what you calling "pull over". yours is a classic case of a oneeyedfanboy.[\blockquote]

Why should Lewis have had too slow down enough, in order to have Rosberg catch up, so that he would be able to pass him. Hamilton said that if Nico was to drive faster and catch up to him, he would then move over, Lewis could hardly be blamed if he didn't wanted to slow down, for his slower team-mate.
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That’s a different thing to the total BS that was being bandied about “NR was asking”.
As to your question “why should he” you should direct that question to the team as it was them that asked/ordered Lulu.
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Afterwards Lauda and Wolff were quoted as saying that they should not have asked Hamilton to do that.

here4thesun2:
Whenever I see the word "haters" on this forum, I can't shake the Taylor Swift song - "Shake it off".

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play

And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate

Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off.

There you go. Think before you call hate. And if you are still obliged to post about haters, may you have fun dancing in your jammies to this song as you do it.
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In this context, it is just another way of pointing out irrationality.

The thing is, Rosberg didn't lose the title at Abu Dhabi. He lost it at Monza and Sochi. And Hamilton didn't win it at Abu Dhabi. He won it with 11 wins.

The difference in the season comes down to this: Hamilton KNEW he could climb the

WYNK:
Don Hopings:
Taipan: A bit rich of Lulu to say THEY will handle it better. Rosberg handled it fine off track it was Lulu that spent half the season in the huff and acting like a schoolgirl, again.

You're a cheat, you're not my friend, I'm not talking to you ever, ever again!(until I win again)[\blockquote]

So, one of 2 things happened. Rosberg attempted sleight of hand at Monte Carlo and Spa OR he had massive brain fade. Which was it?[\blockquote]
Taipan's struggling to get his new Blaupunkt working so I'll answer. Sleight of hand at Monaco, brain fade at Spa[\blockquote]

So, couple that with massive brain fade at Monza and Sochi. I count 4 MAJOR events that should not have happened. To me that puts a taint on any claim that Rosberg had to the 2014 WDC. That's too many for anyone who the haters believe is in the upper echelon. Then again, they don't have an answer for why Rosberg was never able to pass Hamilton on track, for the entire seas

richard:
JunglistF1:

His bad luck was getting jumped at the start of the race. From that point on he had to do something which he hasn't done all season.

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nobody knows how it could have panned out. yes, nico bogged down at the start, but he was then told to maintain his gap to lulu, which he did until the ers problem. he could easily have challenged and passed lulu later on, for all we know. and he could have forced lulu into a mistake where lulu could have overcooked something and retired. so it is unfair and untrue to say that nico lost the wdc at the start.[\blockquote]

No, he didn't bog down at the start. He got too much wheel spin and left 2 black lives on the pavement. Basically smart boy got the launch settings wrong.

And how could Rosberg force Hamilton into a mistake if all he had to do was finish 2nd? Delusional comment...

cokerel: He came first in a two horse race. Plain and simple. I truly believe there are other drivers on lesser machinery currently running in F1 that would hand his behind to him on a platter if they were his team mate.[\blockquote]

How many of them would have tied a 2x reigning world champion for wins and points in their rookie season?

richard:
ProfessorX:But if Lewis' car doesnt keep burning down and he gets the brakes right where he wants them and he keeps focusing on race pace, you are going to see 2011 again. All thanks to the fine folks at the FIA who think freezing and controlling everything saves people money and makes for better racing. [\blockquote]

nutty. you really excell yourself sometimes....well maybe ALL the time! i believe that only ONCE in a practice session, was there a small fire on lulus car. so how does that equate to keeping burning down? and then there is the brake "problem"? was that the problem with the user of the brakes not being able to manage them, unlike his teammate? and we are going to see 2011 again? wasnt that where he was only 5 th in the wdc? and as regards the freeze? please blame merc, and not the fia. fia are prepared to allow development, but merc are vetoing it[\blockquote]

Small fire? The car was damaged badly enough that they had to build up a new tub.

Brake problem? As in an exploding disc after 1 or 2 laps of use? Or are you speaking of Canada where Hamilton's brake by wire unit crapped, I believe it was, 32 seconds before Rosberg's. That 32 seconds were crucial because the technical staff had that time to consider, react and then tell Rosberg what to do.

Freeze? Sounds like you want to penalize success.

Taipan: A bit rich of Lulu to say THEY will handle it better. Rosberg handled it fine off track it was Lulu that spent half the season in the huff and acting like a schoolgirl, again.

You're a cheat, you're not my friend, I'm not talking to you ever, ever again!(until I win again)[\blockquote]

So, one of 2 things happened. Rosberg attempted sleight of hand at Monte Carlo and Spa OR he had massive brain fade. Which was it?