Tuesday 22 May 2018

Hamilton: Time to get act together

Lewis Hamilton. Pic: AP Photo/Jens Meyer
Lewis Hamilton. Pic: AP Photo/Jens Meyer

Lewis Hamilton believes he needs to get his "act together" in order to prevent Nico Rosberg from claiming pole position for tomorrow's German Grand Prix.

Hamilton will head into the Hockenheim race in charge of the championship for the first time this season following his victory in Hungary.

But the defending champion, who has won five of the last six races, was slower than home favourite Rosberg in both practice sessions yesterday.

Indeed Rosberg was comfortably quicker than Hamilton, with his best lap of one minute and 15.614 seconds in the second session nearly four tenths faster than that of his Mercedes team-mate.

"I hope I can get my act together tomorrow," said Hamilton. "It was just not a great lap, so I am not particularly worried.

"FP2 didn't feel very good. It got worse and worse with some balance issues, but I will rectify it for tomorrow.

"Overnight we should be in a good position, and tomorrow it should be close as Nico is pretty quick here. He is feeling quite confident and calm in the car."

Rosberg, a winner of the opening four races, is now on the back foot in his pursuit of a first championship, after seeing his healthy 43-point lead turn into a six-point deficit. Indeed since their dramatic crash on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Hamilton has taken 135 points from 150 available, while Rosberg has won only once.

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