Hamilton to lose no sleep over title battle

Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:56pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - If Lewis Hamilton was a rattled man, facing a sleepless night before Formula One's title showdown on Sunday, he was not showing it.

A chunky gold chain draped around his neck was an obvious burden but the championship leader shrugged off talk of any others after being beaten to pole position by Mercedes team mate and rival Nico Rosberg.

He could handle the mind games, and Rosberg's suggestion that his rival might be feeling the pressure of fighting to become Britain's first multiple champion since Jackie Stewart in 1971.

"I've made very few mistakes through the year so I'm not worried," said Hamilton when asked about errors that left him second on the grid.

"Nico is trying everything possible in his head to come up with some kind of way of dealing with things. That's how he deals with it.

"Me, I just keep to myself and do my talking on the track. I know from my experiences of the past I'm better prepared than I ever have been."

The idea that he might not sleep well, suggested by the team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, was met with a quizzical smile.

"I don't think so. I've never struggled to sleep. I always sleep well," he said. "I remember back in 2007 and 2008 I slept like a baby so I plan to do the same tonight."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the qualifying session of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah