He may have claimed his fourth consecutive victory today at the Spanish Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton believes that Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was quicker all weekend despite defeating him on track.
Hamilton led from pole position and only relinquished the lead when he pitted for fresh tires. In the final stages of the race, Rosberg managed to cut into Hamilton’s lead with a quicker set of tires, and eventually finished just 0.6 seconds short at the flag. For Hamilton, it was a difficult race that he was delighted to win.
“I wasn’t fast enough really today, Nico was quicker,” Hamilton said on the podium after the race. “I struggled a lot with the balance and really had to rely on my engineers a lot more to give me the gaps and try to find where I could find time.
“Also with all my settings, I was moving them up and down, really trying to find extra time.
“Nico was just generally quicker this weekend, but I managed to keep him behind.”
The Briton has now moved into the lead of the drivers’ championship ahead of Rosberg, and today’s win also marked his first at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton was quick to once again thank his team for all of the work that has been put in to give him and Rosberg such a fast car.
“Big thank you to my team, they’ve just done an incredible job this year,” Hamilton said. “Really happy with the support I’ve had here in Spain, it’s the best I’ve ever had, so thank you to everyone in the grandstands, it means the world to me.
“My first win here in Spain, it means everything to me.”
As we head to Monaco for Formula 1’s glamor event, Hamilton will undoubtedly been hoping to make it five wins in a row and repeat his win in the principality from 2008.
However, Rosberg proved today that he is not going to roll over for his teammate, and pushed him every step of the way in Spain – something we can expect to see for the next six months, one would imagine.