Lewis Hamilton says Nico Rosberg’s strong performances in the final races of 2015 spurred him on to raise his game as he prepares to defend his drivers’ championship title.
“I’m not really too fussed about what happened in the final few races of 2015 as it didn’t affect my championship”, said Hamilton. Rosberg won the last three races of the year on the trot and set six pole positions in a row.
“Of course, I love winning and that’s always the goal,” Hamilton continued, “but to be honest my attention was elsewhere at that point”. Hamilton previously said he “wished the season was over” after claiming the championship with three races to go in the USA.
“It had been such a successful season and you can’t win them all, so that was my feeling at the end of the year,” he added as Mercedes presented its new W07 in Spain. “If anything, it motivated me.”
“It made me think ‘okay, next year Nico is going to be super quick and super strong, so I’ve got to make sure I raise the bar again.'”
“That’s the big question – how do you do that? I’ve achieved it in each of the last two years – but to do it again for a third time will be tough, no doubt. That’s the unknown – but I’ve been in the simulator recently and thankfully I can still drive, so that’s a start!”
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