Hamil­ton wants Mercedes crew pulling in same di­rec­tion

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Lewis Hamil­ton feels as though his vic­tory at the Monaco Grand Prix has heaped pres­sure on Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg and ensured the race for the ti­tle is back on.

The three-time world cham­pion was able to cut the deficit to Ros­berg to just 24 points af­ter the cur­rently cham­pi­onship leader was only able to fin­ish sev­enth in the prin­ci­pal­ity.

With 15 races still to go, Hamil­ton was asked whether his vic­tory had ramped up the pres­sure on Ros­berg.

He replied: “I can only speak on his be­half of be­ing in that po­si­tion before and, for sure, it was a big­ger cush­ion before and it was much eas­ier.

“He’s still got a win [ad­van­tage] but, of course, the race is alive - so much can hap­pen.”

How­ever, while Hamil­ton ex­pects a battle with his Mercedes team­mate, he has urged the team to come to­gether af­ter a num­ber of prob­lems with the car have al­lowed Red Bull to profit.

“This is a time where we re­ally need to come more united than ever before and try to pull to­gether to make that foun­da­tion just as solid as pos­si­ble,” added Hamil­ton. “The oth­ers are also fum­bling and mak­ing mis­takes, but the team that makes the least is go­ing to be the one that wins.”

Mean­while, Ros­berg will be des­per­ate for a win this week­end in Canada having scored just six points in his last two races.

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