Hamilton: I'm hungrier than Rosberg
23 May 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says a tougher upbringing has made him "hungrier" to win world championships than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, as the duo continue their fascinating battle for the 2014 crown.
Hamilton, who grew up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, moved three points clear of Rosberg – who was born in Monte-Carlo – after notching up his fourth successive race victory at the recent Spanish Grand Prix.
"Let me tell you this: I come from a not-great place in Stevenage and lived on a couch in my dad's apartment – and Nico grew up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kind of things – so the hunger is different," Hamilton, the 2008 title winner, explained during an interview with the official Formula 1 website.
"I want to be the hungriest guy in the cockpit from all 22 of us - even if every driver has to believe that he's the hungriest – because if I were to come here believing that Nico is hungrier than me then I might as well go home. So I've got to be the hungriest – to win the world championship you need to be the hungriest."
Despite suggestions of their on track battles leading to off track problems as the season develops, Hamilton says his relationship with Rosberg, who he partnered during his early karting days, will always be respectful.
"When you're so competitive it is impossible to be best friends – but then it stays respectful," Hamilton went on to explain. "We will always have the years in karting, that kind of foundation of a long time ago…"