Hamilton: Of course Nico is a threat


Lewis Hamilton once again got the better of Nico Rosberg both in qualifying and on race day in Belgium, but he insists it is too early to write off his team-mate.

The reigning World Champion secured his sixth pole position in a row and 10th of the 2015 season with another excellent Saturday display at Spa and then followed it up with victory the following day.

A slow getaway saw Rosberg drop to P5 at the start on the Sunday and that initially allowed Hamilton to build a solid lead, but the German fought back and finished two seconds behind in second place.

The victory has allowed Hamilton to open a 28-point lead in the standings, but he remains wary of Rosberg.

"Of course Nico is a threat," he told The Guardian. "On Sunday he was still quick, he was able to close the gap at times. For sure he will still be a threat but my qualifying pace now is how it should be, and as long as it remains that way it should feel good."

Meanwhile, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes Rosberg will get back in the game if he steps up in qualifying. While the German won the Pole Position Trophy last year, Hamilton has already wrapped up this year's even though there are still eight races to go.

"Get half the job done in qualifying on Saturday, that is I think crucial, to get off the line in the lead. At the moment Lewis just seems to be on a roll," Wolff told Motorsport.com.

"With the momentum Lewis has he just scores the big points.

"If you look at the results he has tremendous pace on the Saturdays and is able to bring it home on the Sunday. But we are a bit manic depressive, we talk the driver down and up. In Hungary it was all bad and now it's all good again. Let's keep calm. He's in a good place at the moment."