Hamilton: Beating Rosberg when he’s at his best “more painful”

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Lewis Hamilton has said that he is hoping to beat Nico Rosberg when the German is at his very best, believing that this will cause more pain to his teammate in their fight for the 2014 Formula 1 drivers’ championship.

The two Mercedes teammates have been scrapping at the head of the field all season long, with Rosberg currently enjoying an 11-point advantage at the top of the standings.

However, their battle is also taking place off track as psychological mind games come into play. In Hungary, Hamilton flouted team orders when he was asked to let Rosberg through, and ended up finishing ahead of the German.

Although Rosberg said that he has moved on, Hamilton spoke about the incident with the official Formula 1 website, and said that he was happy to be a ‘team player’ to some extent, but not when it compromised his race in that fashion.

“There are different views on what is a team player,” he said. “When it means waving your team mate through, that for sure is not.

“But if team player means to invest in the team, that’s another game. So I want to win, and be the best team player when it means that.”

Hamilton confirmed that he does share data from his car with Rosberg to aid the team, and he feels that winning this way is far more satisfying than if he had a veiled advantage.

“I work with the team,” the Briton said. “I am not hiding anything from Nico. He has all my data. I never, never ever have asked my guys, ‘Don’t show that to Nico’.

“Actually I want him to be at his best, because it is more painful when you are at your best and getting beat. That’s more painful.”

Once again, Hamilton and Rosberg look set to fight over the win at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, but after two mammoth fightbacks in Germany and Hungary, the momentum appears to lie with the Briton.

You can watch tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix live on NBCSN from 7.30am ET.

Alonso would be ‘very happy’ to finish F1 career with McLaren

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Fernando Alonso says he would be “very happy” to see out his Formula 1 career with McLaren after signing a new multi-year contract with the British team, announced on Thursday.

Alonso, 36, ended speculation about his future by agreeing a new deal with McLaren, hopeful of returning to the front of the field next year when the team swaps Honda power for Renault engines.

Alonso admitted to considering options outside of F1 before agreeing to stay at McLaren, and was thought to only be chasing a one-year extension in order to be in a position to snap up a more attractive seat in the volatile 2019 market.

However, Alonso confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the deal with McLaren stretched beyond the end of next year, adding he would be content to see out his time in the sport with the team.

“I never talk about contracts, but one thing I can say is it is a long-term partnership,” Alonso said.

“I am very happy to finish my career at McLaren. So I don’t think it is going to be only one year.”

Alonso also revealed he had options with teams high up the field in F1 for 2018 just a couple of months ago, but was always leaning to staying at McLaren despite not scoring a podium with the team in almost three years.

“There were some other options in F1. In the summer there were still some options at the top teams, but my desire was to stay with McLaren,” Alonso said.

“But at that time they were in conversation with different engine suppliers, so I had to give them time to sort out their situation.

“Then McLaren opted for a Renault engine which delayed my decision, because I had to understand what Renault’s plans were for next years.

“But when I had everything on the table, everything was pretty clear.”