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Hamilton to F1 rivals: ‘I need competition’

2014-05-14 08:50

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: With four consecutive wins, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton leads the 2014 F1 Drivers’ championship. He has a simple message to rivals – catch up. Image: AP/Luca Bruno

BARCELONA, Spain - Formula 1 championship leader  Lewis Hamilton insists he does not want to run away unchallenged with a dominant 2014 title.

Hamilton has won four consecutive grands prix in 2014 with a Mercedes car described by some as even more dominant than those at the height of Ferrari's Michael Schumacher era.

RIVALS NEED TO CATCH UP

After testing the W05 at the post-race Barcelona test on Tuesday (May 13), Hamilton declared that he actually wants competitors like Red Bull to close the gap.

Hamilton said: "I hope so. I need competition. At the beginning of 2014, Nico Rosberg and I ran away from the others but I don't think that will happen in Monaco.

"Anyway, it doesn't affect my motivation.  If I was all alone with a huge advantage every time, maybe (it would). Nico is always close anyway."

HEADED FOR MONACO

Hamilton also said there are other reasons to tune in to the 2014 Monaco GP on May 25: "It will be interesting because the walls are just as close but with the cars this year there will be a lot more oversteer."

It is possible Mercedes is attempting to drum up interest in the 2014 season because utter dominance is rarely a crowd-pleaser.

Indeed, even in the midst of some of Hamilton and Rosberg's battles, the television cameras this year have looked away in search of wheel-to-wheel action elsewhere.

Team boss Toto Wolff said: "Interestingly we have seen that."

That doesn't mean Mercedes will ease the throttle to let the chasing pack get closer, or invite its silver-clad duo to drive into one another.

Wolff said: "I guess we have to swallow that and have a little less average media value because I'd rather take a one-two."
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