Hamilton: Nico and I would welcome challenge

Date published: September 12 2016 - Editor

Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton claimed that he and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg would welcome a challenge from rival teams if it means putting space between them on the track.

The 31-year-old feels that it would aid their respective title bids if one of them were stuck behind one of their competitors.

At last years’ race, Mercedes unexpectedly struggled on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which resulted in Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claiming the last of his three race wins in 2015.

However, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has come out saying they are confident the issue they suffered last year has been resolved, and Hamilton is hoping a for a solid weekend.

"Last year was difficult and we hope it won’t be the same," Hamilton said.

"I’d have to think about it. If Ferrari are closer and more competitive then that is not such a bad thing if there is opportunities to put space between us [myself and Rosberg] and Nico would say the same thing.

"We also want to win every race as a team 1-2 so we are hoping for a good weekend."

Suffering a poor start at the Italian Grand Prix that arguably lost him the race from pole position, the triple World Champion said that they will continue to work hard despite the setback.

"Of course we never stop learning and improving. [In Monza] we would have learnt again," he continued.

"This year has been harder with our clutch and they will be working very hard. It is not a quick fix and something you can change each race.

"We have made improvements and seen consistency with our starts but we are still caught out by the variations from one weekend to another. We do practice starts all weekend and they vary a little bit but sometimes we get a drastic variation on the grid.

"It is something we will continue to work on and it will be the only thing we will talk about [between races] because everything else we’ve been doing really well. We will try to work and give us much information to learn and see if we can do more. We are not struggling with getting pole positions it is just getting of the line."