Hamilton at peak of his powers, says Lowe

Sat May 9, 2015 5:11am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg has an even bigger battle than last year on his hands because Formula One champion team mate Lewis Hamilton is at the peak of his powers, according to Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe.

"I think Lewis is performing, really, at the top of his game," Lowe told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix, where Hamilton will be chasing his fourth victory in five races on Sunday.

"I’ve worked with Lewis actually throughout his Formula One career and I would say at the moment he’s really at his peak -- the best he’s been driving so far," added Lowe.

"That’s a tough prospect for any driver to compete with."

Hamilton, who worked with Lowe at McLaren before both moved to Mercedes, arrived in Spain with a cavernous 27-point lead over Rosberg.

He has started every race on pole and was fastest in Friday's second practice at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Rosberg was boosted by a strong showing in Bahrain three weeks ago, however, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hailing an 'exceptional' performance and declaring the German back to his best.

Lowe agreed Rosberg had performed well at Sakhir, and had been let down by the team in the closing stages.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures to his fans after qualifying for the pole position ahead of the Bahrain's F1 Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, south of Manama, April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah