Ten reasons to watch F1 in 2014
The new season is finally upon us, and NOBODY knows what’s going to happen. Great, isn’t it?
Posted: 14 Mar 2014
10) The big battle part two: Hamilton versus Rosberg
Although Lewis Hamilton did not destroy Nico Rosberg in 2013 by a margin that his retainer suggested, it's interesting that it's still Nico fancied for the win in Australia, not Lewis.
Sure, Rosberg took two wins to Hamilton's one last year, but Lewis was surely on course to win the British Grand Prix until that tyre let go. And Hamilton scored five poles and 13 top five finishes, against Rosberg's three and nine. Rosberg also has the reputation as the more cerebral and the more adaptive racer; he'll find the car easier to understand, and dwell on ‘feel' issues like the new brake-by-wire arrangement. Hamilton is the all-out racer, who famously struggled with Mercedes' brake compound all last year.
But Lewis is also in the form of his life, having enjoyed a quiet winter skiing and growing his hair. He's hungry, it's seven years since he stormed on the scene in Australia, and he knows one world title is not commensurate with his talent. He might not get a chance like this again and he's not going to let anyone, least of all Nico Rosberg, stand in his way.