It was starting to become clear that Rosberg was on another level to Hamilton in qualifying when he pulled out a lap that was 0.7s quicker than the Brit. That isn’t a mild gap, that’s a gigantic chasm in the context of F1.
Hamilton is eager to put the Singapore GP behind him and regain momentum in the battle for the title – which looks like it’s going to go down to the wire. The three-time World Champion, who now finds himself 8-points behind Rosberg said,
“I’m not thinking about it too much at the moment. We still have six races so I’ve got to keep pushing and hope for the best. Nico just did an exceptional job this weekend and we didn’t. What it’s going to take for the momentum to change? Just some good weekends which we’ve had in the past.
We’ve come from 43 points down so theoretically eight points isn’t anywhere near as steep as that but still, Nico’s been performing fantastically well. I expect him to continue like that so I’ve got to make sure that I do the same.”
– Lewis Hamilton
Rosberg was equally respectful. He isn’t under any illusion that this result over Hamilton will detain the Brit who thrives under pressure. Nico said,
“I had a great weekend again, but nothing has changed as my team-mate is still Lewis.
Lewis is always going to be very difficult to beat, and very fast. He always comes back strong even after a difficult weekend so it will be a battle all the way as always.”
– Nico Rosberg
The remaining six races are Malaysia, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. The results from the 2015 season only add to the prospect of this season going down to the final race. Hamilton finished higher than Rosberg in Malaysia, Japan and the USA but Rosberg had a hat-trick of wins in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
From the ashes of inter-team rivalry, vitriol and fallout rises a scenario that couldn’t be better for the 2016 season. Both drivers will feel the pressure looming at this point and it will be great to see who comes out on top.