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Lewis Hamilton looking to avoid further Rosberg battles

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A sight Hamilton isn't fond of.. (©GettyImages)
A sight Hamilton isn't fond of.. (©GettyImages).

Lewis Hamilton is looking to steer clear of a repeat of his epic battle with Nico Rosberg that delighted Formula One fans in Bahrain as he seeks his second world championship.

Hamilton is second in the championship behind Rosberg, however Hamilton has the momentum after recording a hat-trick of victories in Malaysia, Bahrain and in China.

Although Hamilton is back to his best, Rosberg has finished second in all of the Briton's three wins and cruised to victory in the season opener in Australia back in March. 

Whilst two of Hamilton's victories have been comfortable, Bahrain was anything but as Rosberg fought him tooth and nail in a battle that fans will be talking about for years to come.

The Mercedes pair swapped the lead on a number of occasions and almost made contact as Hamilton led the Mercedes one-two by just one second over the line.

Hamilton knows that it will be difficult to beat Rosberg over the season and is wary of the challenge that the German will pose.

Hamilton said: "I was determined to make sure that in China we were not close, like we were at the last race [in Bahrain]. It was definitely feeling a bit more like it was in Malaysia.

"I am going to keep on working and keep with the approach I have, because it is working perfectly for me."

The two drivers know each other very well and have been teammates on a number of occasions over the years in a number of different categories. Although there is mutual respect among the pair there is also a burning desire to beat the other as illustrated in their titanic Bahrain battle.

Many feels as if Hamilton has rattled Rosberg, a clear indication of this was in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix in which Hamilton took pole position. Rosberg made two errors in Q3, including a spin at the final corner. 

Hamilton may be on form and the favorite heading into the next Grand Prix that takes place in Barcelona but he knows the quality of the German.

Hamilton added: "In sports, it is all a psychological game so of course, getting good results you cannot measure what effect that has on people. But I know how positive it is on me."

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