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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.

Sainz uninjured, but to remain in hospital overnight

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Carlos Sainz Jr. will remain in hospital overnight following a terrifying crash during practice for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday morning.

Sainz slammed into the wall at turn 13 after losing control of his car, pitching in underneath the TecPro barrier at the end of the run-off area.

Medical crews spent 20 minutes extricating Sainz from his car due to the barriers’ placement before he was taken away to hospital for a check-up.

Sainz tweeted a picture to his followers confirming that he was okay, and Toro Rosso has now released a second statement confirming that the Spaniard was fully conscious throughout the crash and is uninjured.

“After arriving at the Sochi Hospital 4, Carlos Sainz, who never lost consciousness, underwent a medical examination, including a full body scan,” the statement reads. “The scan showed that the driver has no injuries.

“However, he will be staying in the hospital overnight as a precautionary measure, which is the normal procedure in these circumstances.

“We will release further information when it is available.”

Sainz tweeted that he was hoping to convince the doctors to release him from hospital early enough so that he could take part in tomorrow’s race, but any steps taken will be with his well-being in mind.

Rosberg charges to Russian GP pole in Sochi

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Nico Rosberg will start tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix from pole position after topping the timesheets in Saturday’s qualifying session at the Sochi Autodrom.

Rosberg posted a fastest lap time of 1:37.113 to edge out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by three-tenths of a second to score pole position in Russia.

Following on from its dominant display in Japan two weeks ago, Mercedes showed few signs of easing up at the front of the field as it stormed to another front-row lock-out.

Having traded fastest lap times throughout the earlier stages of qualifying, Hamilton and Rosberg renewed their battle in Q3 at Sochi, but it was Rosberg who finished on top.

Rosberg drew early blood in Q3 by going three-tenths faster than his teammate on his first run, and when Hamilton locked up late on and opted to pit, pole was safely with the German driver.

Valtteri Bottas finished as the best of the rest in third place, beating the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen who finished fifth and sixth respectively as all of the drivers struggled to improve on their second runs.

Nico Hulkenberg and Force India teammate Sergio Perez will start sixth and seventh, while Romain Grosjean qualified eighth. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten in P9 and P10 respectively.

Home favorite Daniil Kvyat was unable to delight the local fans as he would have liked to in qualifying, dropping out in Q2 by finishing 11th ahead of Felipe Nasr. Pastor Maldonado was also eliminated, finishing 14th, but it was Felipe Massa who was the biggest casualty of the second session, ending up 15th for Williams.

McLaren experienced something of a mixed qualifying session on Saturday as Fernando Alonso was knocked out at the end of Q1. Teammate Jenson Button managed to improve late on to dump the Spaniard out and leave him 16th overall, while the Briton went on to finish 13th in Q2.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson also dropped out at the first hurdle alongside the two Manor drivers, while Carlos Sainz Jr. took no part in the session following his practice crash. The Spaniard still hopes to take part in tomorrow’s race, but will remain in hospital overnight.