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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Lewis loving mental battle

Hamilton is 17 points clear of his rival ahead of the final round before the break in Hungary tomorrow. Photo: Reuters
Hamilton is 17 points clear of his rival ahead of the final round before the break in Hungary tomorrow. Photo: Reuters

Formula One

Lewis Hamilton says he is relishing the psychological warfare of his Formula One championship battle with Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton (above) is 17 points clear of his rival ahead of the final round before the break in Hungary tomorrow.

The Englishman holds the mental edge over Vettel following the Ferrari driver's fourth - and biggest - mistake of the year, when he crashed out from the lead in Germany last Sunday, allowing Hamilton to win.

However, Ferrari look quicker: in practice in Hungary yesterday, Vettel topped the time sheets with Hamilton a distant fifth.

"The psychological game is the hardest thing," Hamilton said. "You don't see me away from the track. I wake up with insecurities.

"The most demanding thing is keeping your mind in the game from the first race in March right through to the November.

"I haven't hit the nail on the head at every weekend this year, but the pressures are huge, and the demand on myself and Sebastian is higher than ever."

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