Two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen believes that the “mind games” between Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are normal during an F1 season.
The Finn told IBtimes at a Laureus event in Shanghai on 14 April. Hakkinen, who had his own rivalry and on-track disputes with Michael Schumacher, said the tension, was natural when two drivers have the chance to win a world title.
“There’s always little conversations between the team mates,” Hakkinen said.
“If you don’t win you’re not happy. If you win you’re happy and at the moment Lewis [Hamilton] and Nico [Rosberg] they have both – these drivers – they have a chance to win. So far Lewis has been winning so I think it’s normal that there is this type of psychological game involved but that’s part of the game.”
“I’m confident they will come back,” Hakkinen said. “I’m confident they will get the success; it’s just a very…it takes time, it takes time. Formula One technology is very complex, very complex thing and when newcomer is coming, new engine manufacturer comes to Formula One it’s not so easy.
“It’s never been easy but now it’s even more challenging. They have so much technical issues which are affecting to get the power unit to generate the maximum performance so it takes time.”