Hamilton suggests he's hungrier than Rosberg

Thu May 22, 2014 2:42pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONACO (Reuters) - Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has suggested his under-privileged past makes him hungrier for Formula One success than Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who grew up among Monaco millionaires.

With the two separated by just three points after five races, Hamilton added to the mind games ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix in an interview with the official formula1.com website.

"Let me tell you this: I come from a not-great place in Stevenage and lived on a couch in my dad’s apartment - and Nico grew up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kind of things," said the Briton.

"So the hunger is different," added the 29-year-old when asked about a suggestion in the German media that Rosberg was 'too soft' to stand up to Hamilton's 'killer instinct'.

"I want to be the hungriest guy in the cockpit from all 22 of us (drivers)... if I were to come here believing that Nico is hungrier than me then I might as well go home. So I’ve got to be the hungriest - to win the world championship you need to be the hungriest."

Hamilton, who spoke eloquently earlier in the week about visiting malnourished children in Haiti as a UNICEF ambassador, has come a long way since he lived in social housing and his father held down multiple jobs to pay for him to go karting.

However, the 2008 world champion whose paternal grandfather emigrated to Britain from the Caribbean undoubtedly has more in the bank than Rosberg.

The Monaco resident, who spends much of his free time in Los Angeles with singer girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and celebrities from the world of movies and music, was this week ranked as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain smiles as he arrives for the start of the first free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco May 22, 2014.        REUTERS/Max Rossi