Hamilton aiming to leapfrog Rosberg on F1 standings

Date published: June 16 2016

Lewis Hamilton is hoping to be crowned the winner of the first-ever Formula 1 race to be held in Baku on Sunday and surpass Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the standings in the process.

Hamilton currently trails Rosberg by just nine points after he triumphed in the last two events in Monaco and Canada.

Rosberg, meanwhile, had started his season with a bang as he won the first four races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia, but his form has dipped since as he was forced to retire in Spain after colliding with Hamilton on the first lap. Tyre issues in Monaco saw him finish seventh, while another clash with Hamilton in Canada led to him coming fifth.

“We need to try to keep on a roll if possible,” Hamilton told reporters. “Onwards and upwards, hopefully.”

Hamilton also admitted that he still has reservations about the street circuit being used for the race in Baku as he feels it will not be up to the standard of the track in Monaco.

“I don’t really know what to say about it,” he said. “It’s just another new track. There’s one very tight spot on it. It’s got a very long straight… I don’t really have a lot to say about it.

“Monaco is the street circuit. And they don’t make them like that. I don’t know why they don’t, but why don’t they just make street circuits like they used to? I don’t understand. It’s super wide in some places, as wide as a motorway almost in some places!

“But hopefully, it will be fun. I heard the weather will be good, and hopefully, they’ll have a good turn out there.”