Hamilton still wary of Rosberg

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton (1/5 2014 World Drivers’ Championship Outright) is still wary of being caught by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the race for the championship, despite winning Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton won his ninth race of 2014 and opened up a 17-point lead at the top of the championship after another dominant display.

The Mercedes ace started from pole position in the inaugural race in Sochi and never looked like conceding his position.

He was helped by a mistake by Rosberg (7/2 to win 2014 World Drivers’ Championship) on the first lap when the German destroyed a new set of tyres, although he recovered to finish second ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton’s victory equals Nigel Mansell’s British record of 31 wins but he remains coy over his chances of becoming world champion this season.

“Nico is very, very close and very, very fast. He’s doing a great job,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.

“I’m just keeping my head down. There are still three races to go.

“There is still a long way to go but it is encouraging to see the result for the team. It’s encouraging to see the performance of the car and I like to think I’m growing as a driver, hopefully moulding and improving in some areas.

“I’m going to improve in the next few races so we’ll keep turning up the heat hopefully.”

There are 100 points still up for grabs in the remaining three races and drivers will be awarded double points for the first time at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

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