Lewis Hamilton is wary of the effect the euphoria currently being experienced by Nico Rosberg could have on his Formula One world title rival’s bid for a home race triumph in Germany this weekend.
Rosberg departed the British Grand Prix on his first serious low of the campaign as he suffered his maiden retirement this season after finishing the opening eight races either as winner or runner-up.
With Hamilton claiming victory on his own home soil at Silverstone, the gap between the duo was also slashed to just four points in the German’s favour.
But following that blow for Rosberg, in the space of a few days he then got married, watched Germany win the World Cup and signed a new long-term contract with Mercedes.
In terms of attempting to wrest back the initiative from Hamilton, Rosberg could not have asked for more, and will now be buoyed by the backing of thousands of ecstatic Germans at Hockenheim.
“For every driver when he goes into his home race he gets a boost, and I think Nico will have that extra boost this weekend,” said Hamilton.
“Not least because Germany have just won the World Cup and the whole country is on a serious high.”
“Hopefully that will also have a positive effect on the whole team, as Mercedes-Benz.”
Rosberg, who concedes he has had a “very positive week”, is naturally hoping to tap into the positive vibe that has swept his country in light of the World Cup triumph.
“The effort of the team as a whole, how they all played together was really great to see and that’s what helped them win the tournament,” said Rosberg.
“That’s what we at Mercedes are trying to do as well, to really work well, everybody together, to make the most of it.
“We’re also on the right track in that respect because to dominate the sport as we are doing indicates we work pretty well together as a team.
“Of course there’s room for improvement, but we’re going in the right direction.”