Lewis Hamilton aims to emulate Federer and Djokovic in battle for F1 title

• Mercedes driver admires consistency of tennis greats
• ‘I love a tough fight and I love a challenge’

Lewis Hamilton wants to emulate the tennis players he admires – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – by delivering consistent results in his attempt to win the Formula One world championship after his intense battle with Sebastian Vettel to win the Spanish Grand Prix. The British driver, who now trails Vettel by six points, also insisted that despite the pair nearly clashing during the race that their relationship remained one that was respectful but with a hard, competitive edge.

Hamilton won at the Circuit de Catalunya during a tense and engrossing meeting, that hinged on his Mercedes team’s strategy, out-thinking Ferrari with their tyre options and pit stop calls. But the three-times world champion had to work hard to ensure he took the flag. Vettel took the lead from the start and Hamilton was forced to catch and pass him after the final round of stops. The pair went wheel to wheel at turn one with the Ferrari driver squeezing Hamilton wide and just off the track, which the latter referred to as dangerous on team radio at the time. He made the pass stick several laps later on the start-finish straight with softer rubber and the advantage of DRS.

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