Lewis Hamilton played down his competitors chances of catching himself and Nico Rosberg as Formula 1 heads to Europe for the first time this season.

After three consecutive wins for the Brit, and four from four in total for Mercedes, Hamilton feels it would take a "mega job" for the likes of Red Bull to bridge the gap to the Silver Arrows.

“Maybe others will be quick, but they will have to have done a mega job to have closed the gap in this period of time, considering we’ve also made a step this weekend,” Hamilton told reporters.

The Stevenage-born driver will be hoping to add a second world title to his CV, and it appears only his teammate Nico Rosberg can stop him. Mercedes have looked to address any issues of complacency or pressure by hiring sports psychologist Dr Ceri Evans but Hamilton insists he does not need any help on the mental side of things.

“Never needed it and will never have it,” the 2008 champion said. “So we’ll never speak of it again unless I start going crazy. Since I was 10 I’ve won pretty much every championship I’ve competed in. I’ve never had a mind coach so why change it?”

Such self-confidence comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed Hamilton's career to date, and with the backing of German giant Mercedes and the head start the team has already over its rivals, such belief is well warranted.

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