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Formula One: Hamilton wants tougher contest as he bids to raise bar

Published on May 22, 2014 6:19 AM
First placed Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures on podium after the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in Montmelo on May 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday welcomed the prospect of a stronger challenge from his rivals as he seeks to raise his performance level again in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The championship leading Briton, who has moved three points clear of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the standings after winning the last four races, explained that he wants a tougher contest to keep pushing him on.

“Monaco has always been a track that I’ve really done well at, but Nico was very, very quick here last year and there are not many team-mates that I’ve allowed to beat me here,” Hamilton said.

“So I’m really hoping that this weekend I can turn up the pressure again... I am looking to lift my performance.” Hamilton was disappointed to finish fourth in Monaco a year ago, but said that in retrospect he believes his pace was respectable given his discomfort with the Mercedes at the time.

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