Lewis Hamilton feels he is mentally stronger than Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg going into the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has said that he is mentally stronger than teammate Nico Rosberg going into the Bahrain grand prix, after beating the German in China.
Hamilton, who is odds-on at 1/2 with SkyBet to win for a consecutive occasion said: “I’ve always said he is really strong mentally. But I’d like to think I’m stronger this year.”
In the aftermath of the race last time out, there were accusations about the integrity of Hamilton’s race conduct, though there was a necessity for Mercedes to control the pace of the race, with Ferrari’s superior tyre advantage meaning that any slip in concentration from the Brit could let the chasing team in.
During Hamilton’s attempt to stay in first, there was an assumption that he deliberately prevented his teammate from passing, though the 30-year-old denied any wrongdoing.
“If I’d been second, with lots of pace, I’d have been pushing to get past, but Nico didn’t,” Hamilton said.
“Take a step back. It’s racing. I wouldn’t have sat back two seconds to get to the end of the stint; I’d have tried to get past.”
When asked whether he thought the challenge from Ferrari was playing on Rosberg’s mind, Hamilton said: “I don’t know what he was thinking. I just felt great after the race.
“The set-up changes [during the weekend] worked well, I made no mistakes, I brought it home. It’s the greatest feeling.”
Ferrari, though, will be confident going into the next race, after they secured a third and fourth place, courtesy of Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen respectively.
Going into the Bahrain race, Vettel is well-priced at 9/1 with Ladbrokes to win, while his Swedish teammate is a respectable 11/8 for a podium place.
Also, primed for a challenge will be Williams driver Felipe Massa, who is 13/2 with William Hill for a place on the podium.