Hamilton hoping to Pac a punch

Published: Thursday 7th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton has compared himself to Manny Pacquiao – but intends to see his own attacking style lead to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

The reigning world champion travelled to Las Vegas last weekend to watch the biggest boxing match of a generation as Floyd Mayweather beat Pacquiao in the most expensive fight in the history of the sport.

But it was the defeated Filipino with whom Hamilton drew similarities as he looks to go all out for a fourth win of the season in Barcelona.

“When I was watching the fight, I felt Pacquiao won,” Hamilton said.

“He was the attacking one. I felt I had more similarities with him, watching his style, I was thinking he’s the attacking guy, he’s out there, he’s hungry. He wants it more than anything.

“The event was interesting. I walked in and obviously there was tons of people there. I was sitting in one of the best seats there, which was amazing. And then the fight wasn’t really good at all.”

Hamilton won last time out in Bahrain and the Mercedes man will be driving an updated car at the Circuit de Catalunya, although he does not expect too many changes as he enjoys his position atop the drivers’ championship.

“We’ve come with quality upgrades rather than quantity,” he said.

“I feel very happy with how it (the season) has gone. I left the last race, sitting on the plane thinking ‘wow, it’s been a great couple of weeks’.

“When you had a year like last year, to continue with it is not easy, to repeat what you’ve done before or even do better is not easy. So far I think it’s been better than last year. I’m really happy with it.

“But I am by no means in the clear, I’ve got a long way to go and others are working very hard to close that gap. So I’ve got to really stay on my toes to continue to do, to innovate with things I do on the track, to continue to extract the most from the car.”

Like last season, Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg is his closest challenger – despite not taking a victory so far this year.

Having put in a fine display in Bahrain, where he finished third due to a brake issue having battled all afternoon with the Ferraris, Rosberg wants to return to the top step in Spain as he looks to get his title tilt truly under way.

“It felt like a good race,” the German said of his Bahrain display.

“I felt comfortable in the car and of course it’s enjoyable to attack like that and pass the red cars (Ferrari) so for sure it’s given me a boost coming here to Barcelona.

“It’s not really come together until now. Parts have gone well but other parts not so well and I just need to put it all together and of course I’ll start to try and do that from here onwards.”

As the only man beside Hamilton to win a grand prix in 2015, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel sits just a point adrift of compatriot Rosberg in the championship standings.

He did not enjoy a strong showing in Bahrain and knows the importance of keeping the Mercedes behind him in the early stages of the race to be in with a shot at taking the chequered flag.

“It’s true it was not the best race – not as strong as before,” he said.

“Still, we managed to get some good points. Obviously with the wing failure it was hard but overall there were a couple of things, managing the race, that we didn’t do 100 per cent.

“But we know how to do it. As I said after the race, the rhythm I found was not the best. We seemed to lose it somewhere in the first stint and then things didn’t really come our way. I was both times trying to attack the Mercedes.”

Published: Thursday 7th May 2015 by The News Editor

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