Former world champion Lewis Hamilton has likened his tussle for this season’s Formula One title with Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg to a game of poker. Rosberg currently has an 11-point lead over his British team-mate with eight races of the season remaining and their rivalry has become increasingly heated over the course of the year.
Hamilton disobeyed team orders by refusing to allow Rosberg to pass him during last month’s Hungarian Grand Prix, and he admits that there is an edge to his relationship with the German. “The battle does feel a lot more intense this year,” said Hamilton, who was speaking at an event for Mercedes’ team partner Puma. “When I was racing against Kimi Raikkonen (in 2007) and Felipe Massa (in 2008), they were in a different team and their cars had different strengths and weaknesses.