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.

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.