Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of trying to make headlines after his former team-mate said the Brit did have a tendency to be inconsistent.
Rosberg recently stated that other drivers must capitalise on Hamilton’s off days this season, telling Sky Sports that Hamilton “has these periods where he is just not on it”.
But, in the first FIA press conference of the season, Hamilton brushed off the criticism after being quizzed about Rosberg’s comments.
“I think I’ve proved that that’s not the case last year,” Hamilton said.
“I think there’s a lot of people who need to get headlines and that’s one way of [doing] it.
“The goal this year is to be even more consistent than last year. I think consistency is the main reason I won the World Championship last year.”
Sitting alongside Hamilton in the press conference was fellow four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who was asked if he could expose any of his rival’s potential weaknesses.
“Well, there aren’t many,” Vettel stated.
“I think he’s been doing a good job for many years now. It’s always a bit of a weird question to answer when the person is sitting right next to you! But there’s not many. I’m sure we all have our weaknesses.
“Maybe some is part of our characters, some is part of our driving, but to be honest I don’t really think about those too much. I think about mine quite a lot and try to get better in what I consider I need to improve.
“Concerning other people, it’s not in my hands so I try to finish my plate.”