Triple F1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton has thinks that Mercedes’ decision to move a number of his mechanics to Nico Rosberg’s car this season can have ‘all sorts of psychological effects’ on a driver.
“The biggest effect it can have on the driver is psychologically, but it’s not something I want to go into,” Hamilton told reporters.
Asked to elaborate, he added: “It is just all-round psychologically. If something changes when it doesn’t really need to be changed, it can have all sorts of effects.”
Championship leader, Nico Rosberg may also be trying to turn up the psychological pressure on Hamilton by commenting on rumours that his British teammate is learning to speak German.
“Well, I wish him luck,” Rosberg, responding to suggestions Hamilton would like to speak in bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda’s native tongue, told Bild newspaper.
“He also wanted to learn Italian and Spanish and as far as I know it didn’t go well,” Rosberg, a fluent speaker in six languages, added.
Although, Toto Wolff thinks world champion Hamilton respects Rosberg more than ever in 2016.
“I think the respect was always there,” the Mercedes team boss told German television RTL.
“But this season we see a Nico who is simply operating on an even higher level. You always have more respect for someone who can beat you,” Wolff added.