Hamilton relaxed over 2-point cushion


Despite Nico Rosberg claiming victory in the last two races after the summer break, Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton is unconcerned the German reduced his 19-point gap on the Championship table to just two points.

At the start of the season, Rosberg won the opening four races and opened up a 43-point gap, however following Hamilton’s first win of the season in Monaco, the Brit recovered and dominated the European leg of the season, taking the lead from Rosberg.

Suffering a botched start at the last Grand Prix in Italy, the triple World Champion insists that it was a minor setback and they are actually in a ‘phenomenal’ position ahead of the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix.

“Monza didn’t quite go to plan,” said the 31-year-old.

“But when you look at how far we’ve come as a team this season, from the position we were in, then I realise I’m in a phenomenal position.

“We’re still leading both World Championships and there are still so many great things to achieve together, even before this season is through.

“Next up it’s Singapore, which is always a great event.

“The race is a challenge with the heat and humidity – but it’s a street circuit, which I love. We didn’t have the greatest weekend there last year, so hopefully we’re on top of that now. I guess we’ll find out in a few days’ time!

“Either way, it’s not going to be an easy breezy drive. Even when we won there back in 2014, it wasn’t straightforward. Ferrari and Red Bull will be on it I’m sure, so we’ve got a big fight on our hands if we are up at the front. I love a battle, so I’m excited to see how it plays out.”