Hamilton: Title fight more intense this year

Hamilton: Title fight more intense this year

20 August 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has said the title this season with Nico Rosberg is more intense than when he won it in 2008.

Hamilton took the crown that year in the final race at the final corner, when he passed Timo Glock, leaving him one point up on Felipe Massa.

However, he believes that season was relatively easy in one sense, as he wasn't battling with his team-mate in identical machinery.

"The battle does feel a lot more intense this year," Hamilton stated at a Puma Forever Faster PR event recently.

"When I was racing against [Kimi] Räikkönen and Massa [back in 2008], they were in a different team and their cars had different strengths and weaknesses to my car and, in my team, it was just me that was really competing with them.

"Now I'm racing against a guy who has the same car as me – we both have access to exactly the same data and feedback so it is really hard to try and be ahead.

"It's a little bit like playing poker - you have a set of cards and the other guy is not supposed to know what you got, but Nico and I can see each other's cards so then it's more difficult to beat each other."

"You have to find ways to create small margins," added the Englishman. "And so what you do is bring your skills, things that you've learned, things you can put into the mix.

"And you always have to move forward - you can't just be good and that will be enough, you have to keep pushing the boundaries, because every time you take a step forward the other guy makes an equal step so you have to keep doing it."

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