Hamilton felt he had pace to catch Rosberg
6 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton is confident that he would have been able to beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the British Grand Prix even if the German had not been struck by technical problems.
Rosberg was forced into retirement when his gearbox gave up shortly after the halfway mark of Sunday afternoon's race, handing the lead and an ultimately comfortable victory to Hamilton.
But Hamilton, who had switched to Hard compound tyres at the opening round of pit-stops, reckons he had the pace to put up a fight.
"I had the pace today and was catching Nico. I made the first stint longer as I was comfortable," said Hamilton during the post-race press conference.
"But I never want to see a team-mate slip away like that. Hopefully we can have more battles in the future."
Hamilton says he is pleased to have the momentum moving in his favour after Rosberg's recent run.
"I came into this weekend saying it'd be great to have the fans put the wind in my sail to change the momentum," said Hamilton.
"I've been chasing since losing points in the first race and chasing points again after the other DNF. It's very difficult, something similar to a tennis player when they're two sets down.
"It's difficult from then not to lose points. But the pace today was good and I just have to stay focused for the next part of the season."