Spanish Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton enjoying title ‘pressure’
Spanish Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton says he enjoys pressure after win moves him to top of drivers' standings
Lewis Hamilton insisted that the pressure of leading the world championship will not get to him after the Mercedes driver leapfrogged team-mate Nico Rosberg into the lead with a closely-fought victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton began on pole and led from start to finish to clinch a victory which moved him three points clear of his German team-mate in the drivers’ standings.
Pressure motivates me. Everyone has their breaking point but I have not found that
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third, while defending world champion Sebastian Vettel did well to wrestle his way from 15th to finish fourth.
“It was far from a perfect race,” said Hamilton. “It was very difficult to focus when you are being pushed from behind but I had an oversteering car. It makes it so much harder to save the tyres. Nico Rosberg was catching me on the entry of corners today.
“I was watching a screen around the circuit and I could see how close he was to me! All I was thinking about at the final corner was not to lock up and not make mistakes and fortunately I did not.
“When you are under pressure, and you do not snap under pressure, that is when you know you have your stuff together. Pressure motivates me. Everyone has their breaking point but I have not found that.
“Already from last year it has been the happiest I have been but I am definitely at my happiest point.”
Asked if Hamilton’s impressive form could “break him mentally”, Rosberg replied: “Break me down mentally? That is good to know! I think he will struggle with that one. He has the momentum, there is no way round that and I have to try and break that down. Vice versa, in that regard, and the next opportunity is Monaco.
“The advantage we have is that we have done it before, when we were 14 and it is so funny because it is like deja vu all day long.”
Spanish Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 66 laps 1hr 41m 05.155s
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 00.6s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 49.0s
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +01m 16.7s
5. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +01m 19.2s
6. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +01m 27.7s
7. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +1 lap
8. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +1 lap
9. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
10. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
11. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
12. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
13. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes +1 lap
14. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap
15. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault +1 lap
16. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
17. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
18. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
19. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
20. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault +2 laps
Rtd Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault 34 laps completed
Rtd Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 24 laps completed