Lewis Hamilton says he does not care about the opinion of ex-Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg, after the 2016 world champion suggested Hamilton has lost some of his raw speed.

Rosberg, who partnered Hamilton at Mercedes between 2013 and 2016 prior to his retirement from the sport, posted a video blog ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which he suggested Hamilton had lost some of his outright pace with age in qualifying after being outpaced by both Max Verstappen and current teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But having beaten Verstappen to victory thanks to an inspired strategy call from Mercedes, Hamilton rejected Rosberg’s comments.

"Honestly I've never seen the blog, I don't know who follows it, but it has no bearing on anything that I do with my life,” the Briton said. “I don't care, everyone has their own opinion.

"Whether he's right or wrong, I don't really care. All you have to do is look at the tally of my results over the years, and they kind of speak for themselves.

"So naturally there will be people that have not had the success that I've had, and might want to talk it down, but that's OK."

Hamilton said he feels like he is “driving better than ever” and believes his race performance in Hungary proves he has not lost any of his speed.

He added: "I read a really good book, I think it's called the Four Agreements. There's an element in there where it says don't take anything personally, so when someone says something about you, it's not actually about you, it's how they feel about themselves.

“I'm 34 years old but I feel like I'm driving better than ever. Hopefully today you can see that I've not lost any speed.

"Qualifying is not always going to go great, you just have to move on. Races are not always going to go great, the last one [in Germany] sucked.

"But you know what, you move straight on, let it go, there's nothing you can do about the past, all you can do is try to shape the future.

“Honestly I couldn't be more proud, ultimately you want to be proud of yourself, and I feel really proud of myself and how I drove, because that's how I always want to drive, and then how we delivered as a team."

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