Hamilton wants ‘flat out’ racing

Date published: April 6 2016

After Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg cruised home to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix with 10 seconds to spare, teammate Lewis Hamilton has urged drivers to push 100 percent throughout the race.

Despite the two opening GP's of the 2016 season being exciting races, both ended in comfortable wins for Championship leader Rosberg, as he opened considerable gaps in both Grands Prix.

The World Champion revealed that once his German teammate felt that he had a considerable lead in Sakhir, which was aided by the poor start of Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel's blow out on the formation lap, he eased up on the pedal.

"Things could be better," he said. "We should be pushing flat out the whole race. If the car is damaged that is different but we should be pushing the whole race.

"I guarantee Nico wasn’t pushing from lap 10 and Kimi (Raikkonen) 15 laps to the end, Kimi wasn't pushing either.

“We should all be a lot closer, there shouldn’t be an 80-second gap between 1st and 7th. We should be within 10 or 15 seconds. You can’t afford to slip up."

Meanwhile, with the proposed aggregate qualifying format to be discussed during a meeting with F1 bosses on Thursday, Hamilton has no qualms with at least trying it out before blasting the proposition.

"Ultimately it is about who does the fastest lap at the time," the  Brit explained.

"We can try it, don’t knock until it is tried but instead of throwing out ideas, it is perhaps something that is discussed and analysed by people that know what impact it will have.

"Ask the fans, they seem to have a good feel of what they would like to see."