Hamilton has dismissed Rosberg’s achievement so far this season,insisting there has only been two races this season and it doesn’t count.
“I couldn’t care less if Nico won the last five – it’s the last two,” Hamilton, who won five in a row in 2014, said. “There’s only been two in the season. It doesn’t count.I feel really positive even though we have lost the first two races because of the foundation building work that my engineers and I have done. Considering I’ve been here four years, our communication is better than ever, and the strength which we have is stronger than ever so I know we’re going to come good.”When you ask if I’m worried, I’m not, because we have two poles. We’re going to get more, there’s no real flaws in our procedure. It will start getting better.”
Hamilton was adamant that Rosberg must have had an easy race out in front after his first-corner incident. Still, with 19 races left in the season, he is keeping calm and even provided a boxing analogy for the current fight.
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The 31-year-old added: “This is a psychological game, for sure. It’s a battle. I guess with age and experience, I’m in the most solid place I’ve been psychologically. There’s very little, if not anything, that can penetrate that.
“Nobody likes losing and of course all my guys back at the factory work so hard. My engineers did such a fantastic job and we could have easily converted that to a win. We had the pace. We didn’t win and we all feel the pain. But I told them there’s a long way to go.”Remember Muhammad Ali in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ [fight with George Foreman in 1974]? He got the other guy to believe he was winning and then he didn’t, so anything can happen.”
Rosberg though isn’t getting carried away and is expecting a fightback from Lewis Hamilton after opening a 17-point lead at the top of the log.
“I am not rejoicing in his issues, I am really focussed on doing my job and getting the perfect start as I did today and beating him in that way,” said Rosberg.”Lewis is going to come back, I know that because he has been so strong in the last two years.”I haven’t changed my approach in any way. I was flat out last year and it didn’t go my way, now in the first two races it has gone much more my way,” he added.”I’m just enjoying it at the moment. I’m privileged to be driving this car, I go to China and I know I will be fighting for the win and that is such a great feeling to have. It’s great to celebrate with the team and it stops there for me. I’m just living in the moment.”