Lewis Hamilton says he wouldn't feel additional satisfaction from winning the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship by bridging the current deficit to Nico Rosberg, insisting he is as motivated now as he was at the start of the year.
A compromised start to the year has seen Hamilton slip 43 points adrift of Mercedes AMG Petronas counterpart Nico Rosberg in the overall standings, his team-mate having reeled off four relatively dominant wins from four by contrast.
Though both Hamilton and Rosberg both feel the three-time champion can bridge the margin, Hamilton says there is no additional motivation or satisfaction to be gleaned from the prospect of overhauling his fierce rival.
“Of course I'm motivated, I'm very, very much motivated to come back so it is exciting but I don't think like that, like I'm excited or what, I'm exactly the same now as I was in the first race, still with my eye on the prize which is winning the championship.
“When you enter the first race you know you've got a steep hill to climb to get there and it's just been getting steeper and steeper but I don't mind that.
“In 2014 I was 29 points behind but and it didn't mean more to me that I had come back from it then it did the next year when I was ahead, so it's just a different feeling.”