Hamilton Brutalizes Rosberg with Mind Games

The Mercedes pair are almost inseparable in the driver standings and Hamilton is doing everything he can to destabilize Rosberg, even if it means getting into the German’s head.

After his dominant performance at Silverstone, Hamilton believes that he holds the edge over his team mate and that the single point difference between the two is of no advantage to Rosberg whatsoever.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton jumps from his car after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s British driver Lewis Hamilton jumps from his car after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Recent comments towards the press have hinted that the three-time world champion is initiating a psychological war within the Mercedes camp.

After Qualifying, Hamilton told reporters that,

“When you come round and get pole it’s a mental blow to whoever you are racing against and I wanted that.”

– Lewis Hamilton

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This comment is probably aimed at Nico Rosberg more than anyone else, so could be perceived to be an attempt to damage Rosberg’s psyche. Hamilton’s following comment was also an aggressive statement, one that shows only the surface tension of what’s becoming a ferocious rivalry.

When asked about his one-shot Q3 session, Hamilton added,

“When it got taken away, it was cool, because I knew that I had it. Nico knew I had that pace and it wasn’t a small little gap, it was a good gap.”

– Lewis Hamilton

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This type of pressure from Hamilton may intensify for the upcoming Hungarian GP, and Rosberg will do well to avoid becoming engaged with mind game rhetoric. The psycho-digs from the Brit could ease off if he gains the lead in the driver standings – which could be as soon as Hungary given that Rosberg’s lead has reduced from 43 points to a single point in the last five races.

The mind games continued in the cool-down room after the British Grand Prix. Lewis completely ignored his team-mate and instead spoke to Max Verstappen. He asked the Dutchman how he managed to get past Rosberg’s Mercedes… In front of a dejected looking Rosberg.

Hamilton’s psychological warfare reached it’s third assault a few hours after the race, when he was asked who he thought the favorite for the title was.

He responded with,

“I’m my favourite. I don’t know if it makes me favourite. I’m still the world champion so it’s all about acting and driving like one.

We’ve got a penalty that we’re going to have to take at some stage, hopefully after the break. Even the race that I’m going to end up starting last I’m going to be chasing him down like crazy to see if I can still race with him and still get the win.”

– Lewis Hamilton

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Depending on your Mercedes driver allegiance, this is either a stroke of genius or pointless aggression from Lewis Hamilton. Will his tactics away from the track destabilize Rosberg or spur him on?