Motivation no problem for Lewis Hamilton as he hunts fourth Formula One title

Published: Friday 18th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton insists motivation will not be a factor when he begins the defence of his Formula One world championship.

The 31-year-old Briton will enter the 10th campaign of a grand prix career, which has already yielded three world titles, when the lights go out in Melbourne on Sunday.

But with Hamilton spending large parts of the off-season at a host of A-List events, while also signalling his intentions to embark on a music career, his focus to the sport where he made his name has been called into question.

But speaking on the eve of the curtain-raiser in Australia, Hamilton, asked if his hunger was still a burning factor, said: “Yes. I don’t have to search for it. It is just my stubborn DNA. I was born with competitiveness.

“One day when I have a kid, he’s going to be down there, and I’m going to give him nothing until he gets a bit older.

“At some stage they will beat you at things, but I remember my dad never let me win until I was big enough and I could beat him. I guess I have the same mentality as my dad.

“When I got into Formula One I wondered how I was going to stay motivated and energised, but I have been here 10 years, and every time the rules change, the cars change. You are just trying to keep up with it, otherwise it will get away from you. So you don’t get bored in that respect.”

Hamilton, who was fastest in both of the rain-hit practice sessions on Friday, will begin the new season as the favourite to defend the title he won so emphatically last year.

While Ferrari, and in particular four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, are expected to take the challenge to Hamilton this season, the Briton remains wary of the threat posed by his Mercedes team-mate and long-term rival Nico Rosberg.

The German took Hamilton to the wire in 2014, but was no match for his stablemate last season.

“I think your team-mate will be the closest rival,” Hamilton added. “As you have seen, Nico was quick and did a great job at the end of last season and I imagine he will bring that into this year.

“One part of me hopes that Ferrari is close and we can have a race. Looking at their times and they have some upgrades to come and I feel as though it might level out.

“But I might be wrong and we will be ahead and I will be super happy if that is the case.”

Hamilton, who is bidding to become the first British driver to win four championships, added: “I am here with the same fighting spirit and I want to win the bloody race. I don’t want to be second. It’s not a great feeling for anyone to lose. I’m not here to come second.”

Published: Friday 18th March 2016 by The News Editor

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