Rosberg anticipating 'tough times' with Hamilton

By on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg is anticipating tough times in his relationship with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton if the duo are to fight for the 2014 title.

Rosberg leads Hamilton by 18 points ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix and admits that while their relationship at the moment is still fine, matters could change as the season progresses.

"At the moment it hasn't changed at all," he said. "Maybe because we are not thinking about championship yet and we're taking it race by race, making the most of what we have and winning races. It's early days.

"But of course I understand it could change if we are still in a similar position. We've been in this position before. In go-karts we were fighting for the championship there, and it's exactly the same, but with a little bit more people around and more media and spectators. We managed to get through there with respect and I'm confident we are going to be able to manage in any circumstance.

"I'm sure there will be tough times inevitably, but I'm confident we can work through it now and move on. Lewis won that kart championship, so it's my turn now."

Rosberg was beaten to the chequered flag by team-mate Hamilton in Malaysia and the German insists that he will not suffer a repeat of that in Bahrain.

"There's been a big analysis of what happened," said Rosberg. "Of course, I want to win, I don't want to be second because second is the first loser. I don't want to be a loser. We've reviewed everything and gone into a lot of detail and learned a lot. I've had a long sit down with everybody.

"There's things on my side that I can do better and then there's some things going on we don't understand, some very strange things happening where we think, 'woah, what's going on there', like on tyre temperatures for example. That's a group effort and we will step it up again."

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