Hamilton unconcerned by Rosberg’s ‘home’ advantage

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Lewis Hamilton is not bothered about any perceived home advantage Nico Rosberg may enjoy at next weekend’s German Grand Prix as he sets his sights on seizing the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton took an emotional home victory in front of the British fans at Silverstone last weekend, and moved to within four points of his teammate at the top of the standings after Rosberg retired from the race.

Heading to Germany, the home support should now lie with Rosberg, but Hamilton believes that it will not compare to the support that he enjoyed at Silverstone.

“Just going into Germany, to Hockenheim, I know whilst it’s Nico’s home Grand Prix, he doesn’t have even one eighth of the support us Brits get here,” Hamilton said. “The fans are unlike anywhere else so I’m not worried in that sense.

“It’s a track where I won before, in 2008 I think it was. It’s a good track for me, so I’m gonna use the pace that I have, because I have the pace. I’ve just got to put the damn laps together and when I do, then I think the opportunities will come in front of me.”

Hamilton claimed victory at the 2008 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim during his championship winning year, and has traditionally run well at the circuit.

Although Rosberg will have the support of the home crowd, he will know that his slender championship lead is under serious threat ahead of the sport’s summer break at the end of the month. He may be four points ahead, but for now, the momentum unquestionably lies with Hamilton on the other side of the garage.

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”