May 23, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT
Lewis Hamilton has accused Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg of not being as hungry as he is in the fight for this year’s world championship.
The British driver is embroiled in a battle with Rosberg for the drivers’ title this season after Mercedes made huge gains over the winter and currently enjoy an advantage that even defending champion Sebastian Vettel is envious of.
Despite their supposed friendship, Hamilton has been playing a few mind games of late. He was adamant in Spain that Rosberg was quicker and should have won the race, even though Lewis had won the race from pole position and only been challenged in the final few laps.
In an interview with the official Formula 1 website, Hamilton questioned Rosberg’s hunger given his privileged upbringing as the son of 1982 F1 world champion, Keke Rosberg.
“Let me tell you this: I come from a not-great place in Stevenage and lived on a couch in my dad’s apartment. Nico grew up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kind of things – so the hunger is different,” he explained.
“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.”
Hamilton took the lead of the world championship at the last race in Spain, and is three points ahead of Rosberg after five rounds. Having won the last four grands prix, though, the Briton certainly has the momentum, and it he could make it five-in-a-row on Sunday.
Quite whether bringing their upbringings into the interview was fair is debatable, but Lewis should perhaps prefer to focus on the fact that he has been in three serious title battles before in F1. Nico, on the other hand, is very new to this. Ultimately, he needs to do his talking on the track. Where better to do so than at Monaco this weekend?
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