Hamilton identifies with beaten Pacquiao

Thu May 7, 2015 1:47pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he can see something of himself in Manny Pacquiao, even if the Filipino lost the 'Fight of the Century' last weekend.

The Mercedes driver had a ringside seat at the welterweight's title fight in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and surprisingly identified more with the beaten boxer than the winner.

"When I was watching the fight, I felt Pacquaio won. He was the attacking one," Hamilton told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday.

"I felt I had more similarities with him, watching his style, I was thinking he’s the attacking guy, he’s out there, he’s hungry. He wants it more than anything.

"But otherwise I’ve not really learnt anything from those guys, apart from they wear much bigger shorts than me," he grinned.

Hamilton, winner of three of four races so far this season, faces his own fight at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend and can deliver another big blow to team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

The Briton, who has a 27 point lead over the German, has started every race in pole position this season and won in Barcelona from pole last year.

While every team is hoping to make a step up in the first round of the season in Europe, now that they have had time back at their factories after the long-haul openers, Hamilton was confident Mercedes could stay ahead.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates winning the Bahrain Grand Prix with the trophy in Sakhir April 19, 2015. Action Images via Reuters / Hoch Zwei Livepic