Hill: Hamilton will ‘re-double his efforts’

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Former World Champ turned commentator Damon Hill
believes Lewis Hamilton will “re-double his efforts” to win
this year’s World title after losing out in 2016.

Last season Hamilton lost the title by five points to his
then-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg only for the German to
retire days later.

Rosberg cited the intensity of the competition as his main
reason for calling it quits, however, this season Hill reckons
Hamilton will ramped it up even more.

“Lewis was probably annoyed he did not win it last year,” said
the 1996 World Champion. “That was one that got away and I am
sure he wants to put that right.

“Nico stopped because of the pressure of competing. He had his
guts turned inside out to win the championship last year and
there are only so many seasons you can do that.

“If Lewis goes away, lets off steam and does whatever he has to
do to keep himself fresh, then possibly that is a good thing.

“Nico had to work so hard. He admitted that. He put in the time
and he did actually beat Lewis so maybe that has alerted him.
Lewis is a fearsome competitor and I think he will re-double
his efforts after last year.”

This season Hamilton will have a new team-mate in Valtteri
Bottas with Hill predicting a “more settled” atmosphere within
the team.

And it in one in which he believes Hamilton will shine as long
as Mercedes allow him to do his thing.

“I imagine it will be more settled in the team this year, but
if it is not going well for Lewis he does have a tendency to
make his feelings known. If you are talented like Lewis you
have got to create the conditions whereby you can do your job
without it being all-consuming.

“This is Lewis’ 11th season on the trot and he knows how to
manage his resources. He knows when he gets to Melbourne he
will be on top of the job – that he has got energy in reserve
and he will not have worn himself out doing too much PR work
and taking unnecessary risks.

“I think he is in a strong position. Mercedes either want Lewis
Hamilton, and the asset that he is to them and allow him the
space to do his work, or they don’t.

“There is always a limit and there is always a point at which
somebody goes too far, but there is also a balance to be struck
and you forgive people occasional blips and tantrums as long as
on average they are delivering over the season.”

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