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Saturday 3 December 2016

Lewis Hamilton has suggested he is mentally tougher than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and questioned how hard the German really tried to beat him in last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has suggested he is mentally tougher than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and questioned how hard the German really tried to beat him in last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

In comments that will do little to ease tensions between the pair ahead of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, the double Formula One world champion also told British reporters that he was more of a racer than his rival.

The tension between the two, evident last year as they battled for the title, flared up again in Shanghai when Rosberg accused Hamilton of compromising his race by driving selfishly slow and leaving him exposed to the Ferraris behind.

In the end they finished one-two for the second time in three races.

"Nico didn't try," he said, repeating the words for effect. "I want the guy to be up my arse if he's got the pace, up my arse and putting pressure on me. And if I can't defend it, you lose it."

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